Following yesterday’s 2-0 win over Stockport County, here are some views on the game from the Hatters’ manager Ray Mathias, their goalkeeper Matt Glennon and a few of their fans.
The Stockport boss was unhappy with the officiating and particularly disappointed with the penalty decision that led to Wycombe’s second goal.
Speaking to Pure107.8FM, Mathias said: “Throughout the first half I was very angry with the decisions of the linesman on the far side. He couldn’t get one right. Their boy was playing in an offside position, he was starting on the shoulder of defenders and the linesman just wasn’t giving him offside.”
Talking about the Wycombe penalty decision, he said: “For me Ainsworth’s handballed it and he’s got away with it. It was fortunate for them and unfortunate for us.”
“We’re not complaining. It’s a just result for them, but with the chances we created, I was disappointed. They had the majority of the game but we certainly had chances and we just didn’t stick them away.”
Asked if he thought the penalty was a turning point, Mathias said: “I think we were still in it. I said to the boys at half-time, they’re second in the league but they’re no great shakes.”
“We went through them like butter at times and we created chances but we’re just not taking them, and at the end of the day if you don’t take them you’re going to get done, and we were done today.”
The Hatters’ boss had a few words of praise for Nikki Bull, saying:. “Their keeper did make some excellent saves and he made some important catches for them as well.”
Stockport keeper Glennon said: “We started well, we’ve played some fantastic football but once again we’ve not finished our chances. We’ve allowed their keeper to make saves instead of sticking them in the corner where keepers can’t make saves.”
“They’ve scored a very soft penalty. It was a little bit harsh on Griff and their lad’s stuck it away, but we kept on fighting and we kept creating right up until the last minute.”
The Hatters’ fans were downhearted.
The following extracts are taken from Yellowboard And BBC606.
‘In the first half, after a slow start we played ok. Mind you, ok is no good if we can’t put the ball in the back of the net. I don’t know what happened at half time, but the boys came out with very little drive and in the second-half Wycombe deserved their two goal lead, which they certainly didn’t in the first.’
‘The performance on the pitch by certain players today was shocking. The substitutions were baffling too. Not that we were ever going to get anything from the game. We’re playing Conference football next season no doubt, and after today, I just hope we’re playing Conference football the season after too.’
‘Never really expected we would get anything but very disheartened at the fact that we’re pretty much down now. Wycombe offered nothing apart from Ainsworth who is head and shoulders above the rest.’
‘Some of the fans there today were absolutely clueless blaming the ref for getting beaten by a side 2nd in the league who had a stonewall penalty and were the better team on the day.’
Next Game: Hereford v Wycombe – Tues 5th April – 7.45pm