Jacobson nets from spot as Wycombe earn FA Cup replay against Aston Villa
Wycombe Wanderers 1, Aston Villa 1
Defender Joe Jacobson swept home an early second half penalty as League 2 Wycombe Wanderers staged a stirring fightback to earn a lucrative FA Cup third round replay against Premier League Aston Villa at Adams Park.
Jacobson was the coolest man in Buckinghamshire as he sent Mark Bunn the wrong way from the penalty spot three minutes into the second half to cancel out Micah Richards first half strike for the Villans.
Both sides made changes from their teams which lost to Morecambe and Sunderland respectively last weekend. Ainsworth shuffled his pack to bring in Alex Lynch for suspended goalkeeper Matt Ingram and Aaron Amadi-Holloway came in for Max Krezchmar up front. For the Villans Brad Guzan, Joleon Lescott, Jordan Ayew and Aly Cissokho all dropped to the bench, but Remi Garde didn’t exactly opt to go with the kids and his side included plenty of Premier League experience.
The League 2 hosts squandered a series of early opportunities at Adams Park with 34-year-old Garry Thompson stabbing wide of Bunn’s post in the opening minutes and Sam Wood failing to get sufficient power on a volley from Bloomfield’s cushioned pass a few minutes later.
Villa conserved the ball well after being rattled in the opening stages and soon created chances of their own. Westwood blasted narrowly over Lynch’s goal after Wycombe failed to clear their lines in the 17th minute and Leandro Bacuna’s bending shot from Carles Gil’s cut back was blocked.Wycombe failed to learn their lesson and a few moments later they were behind. Jacobson gave Gil some space on the right and his rolled pass into the box was converted by Richards past a static Lynch who was beaten to his right.
The Villa fans responded with some gallows humour, singing ‘we’ve scored a goal’.
Bunn punched a Jacobson corner clear from under his crossbar as Wycombe pressed before the home side squandered a couple of chances to get back on level terms.
Wood, known for scoring from long range, blasted over on the volley from Bloomfield’s right wing cross in the 32nd minute and Michael Harriman, signed on a permanent deal from QPR in midweek, had the ball taken off his toes as he prepared to pull the trigger in the box. The final chance of the half also fell to the Chairboys as a flying Aaron Pierre headed over from Jacobson’s corner with a couple of minutes to play.
Bloomfield served notice of Wycombe’s attacking intent when he headed weakly into the hands of Bunn in the opening minutes of the second half before Villa, without a win in nine matches, conceded an equaliser from the penalty spot.
There looked to be nothing on when Bloomfield went to collect a high ball in the box but he was clattered into by the late arriving Westwood and referee Oliver pointed to the spot. Jacobson put the ball on the spot and swept it to Bunn’s right, sending the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-1 three minutes after the restart.
Wood might have put the hosts in front a minute later but his excellent volley at the far post was hacked off the line by Richards while at the other end Bacuna’s dipping free kick on the edge of the area was saved at the second attempt by Lynch.
Both managers attempted to freshen things up, and try and find a winner, with Ainsworth replacing the ineffectual Amadi-Holloway and Garde throwing Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout into the fray. The former came close to winning it for Villa with 10 minutes to go when his shot from the right edge of the box skimmed past Lynch’s post. Then a few minutes later Rudy Gestede made his first real impact for the Premier League side with a deflected shot off Anthony Stewart that skipped up over the Blues keeper and struck the angle of crossbar and bar.
Idrissa Gana got a shot off on goal, despite the close attention of Wycombe’s defence, but Lynch gathered the 85th minute effort comfortably and the home side held on for a deserved draw and were warmly applauded off by both the Wycombe and Villa fans at the final whistle.
Wycombe Wanderers: Alex Lynch, Jason McCarthy, Joe Jacobson, Anthony Stewart, Aaron Pierre, Michael Harriman, Matt Bloomfield (c) (McGinn 80), Luke O’Nien, Sam Wood, Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Ugwu 69), Garry Thompson. Subs: Barry Richardson (GK), Sido Jombati, Max Kretzschmar, Danny Rowe, Jermaine Udumaga.
Aston Villa: Mark Bunn, Micah Richards (Lyden 82), OKore, Clark, Bacuna, Gana, Sinclair (Ayew 70), Westwood, Kieran Richardson, Carles Gil (Veretout 70), Rudy Gestede. Subs: Brad Guzan, Joleon Lescott, Libor Kozak, Aly Cissokho.