Burton Albion 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers
A second half header from Adam McGurk hammered another nail in the coffin for relegation threatened Wycombe Wanderers this evening.
Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Rochdale. Aaron Pierre replaced Leon Johnson at centre back, while Sam Togwell and Nick Arnold came in for Stuart Lewis and Max Kretzschmar.
The Chairboys had a fair few efforts on goal in a goalless opening half but none were particularly threatening. The best moments came when Morgan scampered down the left and saw his drilled cross blocked after 11 minutes, and ten minutes later when Reece Styche did well to regain possession and his cross was headed weakly by Morgan into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Sam Togwell shanked an effort high and wide on the stroke of half time and Arnold had a speculative effort from range beaten away by Rob Lainton.
Burton had fewer openings but their strike pairing of Billy Kee and Adam McGurk looked far more dangerous. Bloomfield was dispossessed in the box but Kee’s cutback was fired narrowly over by McGurk. Next, McGurk turned on the edge of the box but his excellent curling effort struck the post with Ingram beaten.
The half ended goalless and there wasn’t much between the two teams.
The hosts took the lead after 54 minutes after coming out of the blocks far quicker than Wanderers. It was the front pair linking again as Kee’s header across goal was directed back into the opposite corner by McGurk, leaving Ingram motionless.
It was nearly two after 68 minutes but MacDonald’s drive was parried by Ingram and Gray put the rebound out for a throw in. Robbie Weir also sent a drive high over the bar.
Steven Craig then replaced Styche on 69 minutes and Jon Paul Pittman came on for Morgan just two minutes later but neither of Ainsworth’s changes helped to turn the tide of the game back in Wycombe’s favour. The closest they came was when Pierre’s header drifted narrowly wide from a corner. What was clear was evidence of a lack of quality, but more worryingly, a severe lack of confidence, and thus belief that the visitors could muster a goal.
Anthony Jeffrey replaced the dreadful Arnold nine minutes from time but there was precious little goal threat from the Blues. Weir and Kee both saw efforts from range saved by Ingram.
Five minutes of stoppage time passed without much incident except one powerful Jeffrey cross that flashed across the goal and the game was up.
Tonight’s defeat makes it four defeats in five games. AFC Wimbledon’s last minute equaliser at Northampton will be gratefully received but unless Wycombe improve on one goal in five games, which itself was a penalty, it will be a brief let off before they fill 23rd position.
Ratings: Ingram 8*, McCoy 5, Pierre 7, Stewart 6, Wood 6, Arnold 4 (Jeffrey 81′ N/A),Togwell 6, Scowen 6, Bloomfield 5, Styche 6 (Craig 69′ 4), Morgan 6 (Pittman 71′ 6).