Ainsworth choked by Wan­der­ers come­back

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Dy­lan Pick­er­ing

WY­COMBE pulled off a stun­ning come­back to stop the rot with a re­mark­able win over Don­caster Rovers.

The vic­tory was all the more amaz­ing as the Chair­boys had lost four on the spin head­ing into the clash, and boss Gareth Ainsworth felt emo­tional at the way his troops turned things round.

“Our char­ac­ter here is un­be­liev­able and we’ve shown that on many dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions,” he said.

“I could’ve bro­ken down at the fi­nal whis­tle, that’s how much that win means.

“With 20 min­utes left I was fear­ing the worst. Four de­feats on the spin and 2-0 down, you think it’s go­ing to be five in a row.

“We’re de­lighted to stop that poor run of form and hope­fully it’s the start of a run the other way.

“The scenes at the end were re­ally spe­cial. Paris [Cowan-Hall] was ab­so­lutely ex­cep­tional and Cur­tis [Thomp­son] has kicked on as well, so it’s a re­ally pleas­ing win for us.”

De­feat sees Donny slip to sev­enth in the League One ta­ble, and man­ager Grant McCann blamed the ‘ar­ro­gance’ of his side in think­ing the game was won at 2-0.

“We’re gut­ted to lose in that man­ner,” he said. “It’s frus­trat­ing any­time you lose, but to lose like that ob­vi­ously hurts more.

“We need to be con­fi­dent with­out be­ing ar­ro­gant – I think when we were 2-0 up we were ar­ro­gant and that’s what’s cost us.

“We lacked en­ergy in the first half, but we were much bet­ter after the break.

“But when we went 2-0 up we did some silly things.

“You’ve got to give Wy­combe credit, of course you do, but I think we con­trib­uted to our own down­fall.”

In the first half, Don­caster keeper Ian Lawlor pulled off a good stop to keep out Paris Cowan-Hall’s cross-shot, while down the other end Matty Blair fired wide from a promis­ing po­si­tion. On the hour mark, John Mar­quis opened the scor­ing with a well-taken first-time fin­ish as he claimed his 20th goal of the cam­paign. He then turned provider as Tommy Rowe hit the sec­ond with a tapin three min­utes after com­ing off the bench.

With 13 min­utes re­main­ing Cowan-Hall sparked a late re­vival with an un­stop­pable strike into the cor­ner.

Cur­tis equalised with an amaz­ing 25-yard ef­fort in the 90th minute, be­fore Cowan-Hall’s loop­ing header in stop­page time stole the spoils.

STAR MAN PARIS COWAN-HALL Wy­combe Wan­der­ers

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