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Wycombe match report 2nd leg
15 May 2015 02:58 Post ID: #71248
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Wycombe deservedly ran out winners against Argyle in this second leg of the play-off semi-final.

A very poor first half performance from Argyle ended in a 2-0 lead for Wycombe and it was game over. The Greens did put in a better second half display and pulled a goal back but it was too little too late. The tie ended 5-3 to Wycombe on aggregate.

In truth, we bottled it over the two games, Wycombe wanted it more and deserved it because they beat us twice.

The inconsistency that plagued us all season continued to the final game.
You'd think our fantastic support would inspire the players, in truth that first half team didn't deserve our support. "Show us the passion" we chanted.
Luke McCormick was at fault for the first goal, a weak punch and a carbon copy of the goal from the first leg. We just don't learn.
Another corner, another goal and we are 2-0 down at half time..

It was much better for the second half, if only we scored earlier. The subs, Jason Basnton, Zak Ansah and Ryan Brunt, gave us hope, just as they did in the first leg.
Wycombe's rookie keeper made a number of vital saves and Brunt scored a clever goal with a flick of his foot but it wasn't to be and Wycombe are on their way to Wembley.

Gareth Ainsworth was always outside of his technical area and spent more time on the pitch than Reuben Reid.

Over the season and these two games we were just not good enough and another rebuilding project again this summer. Will someone ever give the fantastic Green Army a team to be proud of?

John Sheridan had his faults all season and today he chose the wrong starting line-up but once selected those players are expected to do their best. That wasn't the case in the first half, those players didn't deserve to wear the shirt or the support of the Green Army.

Not singling any player out, except I will - Alessandra's first half performance was pathetic, it's up (down?) there with the pitiful display from Bradley Wright-Phillips against Watford a few years ago, the worst I've seen from an Argyle player.
He redeemed himself, as did the other players, with a better second have display but too little too late by then.

It's typical that our four big players who did so much to get us into the play-offs saved their worst performances of the the season for the two semi-final ties. McCormick was at fault for at least two goals over the games, Peter Hartley and Reuben (injury permitting) are pale shadows of their former selves and Bobby Reid went MIA. Carl McHugh could also be added to the list and we are struggling.

In fact, the only positive thing from the play-off games was the support of the fans, we were immense, especially in the second leg. How come the players didn't feel inspired by that level of support.

If Sheridan stays he needs help making decisions during games, he cannot influence a game, it's either 3-5-2 and if that goes tits up it's 4-4-2 with a few like-for-like subs thrown on.
Were his old assistants the real tactical brains behind Sheridan at Oldham and Chesterfield? Would he benefit (if he stays) if we moved heaven and earth to sign Wright or Crossley instead of McCarthy as coach?

You let us down, lads.

McCormick 5, Nelson 7, McHugh 5, Hartley 5, Mellor 6, Holmes-Dennis 5, Blizzard 4, O'Connor 5, B Reid 5, Alessandra 3, R Reid 5, Brunt 7, Ansah 7, Banton 7.
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