Thursday, 28 July 2011

MK Franchise - Stadium:MK

Matchday Number: 137
Saturday 12th April 2008
Milton Keynes 2-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Coca-Cola League 2

Wycombe were robbed of 3 points in the game billed as "The Big Bucks Derby" as they drew 2-2 with Milton Keynes.

I've made my feelings clear on the Franchise issue before, but have to concede that Milton Keynes FC (or whatever they choose to call themselves) has potential. If only they had done it the right way by working their way up honestly then I'd have more respect for them.

Wycombe started brightly and could have been ahead when Oakes's free kick was saved well by MK keeper Willy Gueret on 33 minutes. A few minutes later and Wycombe took a deserved lead, Scott McGleish heading in from around 6 yards. Another free kick from Oakes led to another good effort but it was Wycombe who were good value for their 1-0 lead at half time.

Wycombe made the mistake of defending too deep as the second half commenced. Time and again we put undue pressure on ourselves by gettimg the whole team playing in the last third of the pitch. As a consequence we have no one to play the ball to and allow the other team to pressurise us. Wycombe should have had a penalty on 68 minutes when McGleish was fouled by MK keeper Gueret. He needed treatment for his injuries, but the referee merely waved our appeals away.

Milton Keynes got their equaliser shortly after, but there was more than a suspicion of offside as Aaron Wilbraham netted. Their joy was short lived however, as a fantastic volley from Scott McGleish scored from a wonderful volley. Delroy Facey should have really wrapped the game up minutes later but he was foiled by the keeper. Another good contribution from the big man though, hopefully with some match fitness he will put chances like that away in future.

The 4th official signalled 5 minutes of injury time but Wycombe were still looking comftorable. But on 94 minutes a corner was met by the head of big defender Sean O'Hanlon amid appeals by Wycombe players for a push in the box.

So 2-2, a good point for Wycombe, and one that I would have settled for beforehand. But we could and should have been celebrating a victory - football can be a cruel beast at times.


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