Wycombe 1-1 Villa – little surprise relegation looming for Garde and co.

first_imgIt’s not hard to see why Aston Villa are on course for a place in the Championship next season.Despite there being 54 places between them and opponents Wycombe, they could only draw this FA Cup third round clash.Villa hadn’t kept a clean sheet away from home in the FA Cup since 2009 and they never looked like fixing that leak.And 20 minutes after Micah Richards gave Remi Garde’s side the lead, Joe Jacobson equalised from the spot.The two teams were giving the ball away cheaply in the opening exchanges, but Richards the skipper gave his side the lead after 22 minutes when he calmly slotted the ball past Lynch from 15 yards following work from Carles Gil.The goal was deserved as Villa began to exert some dominance and the fans clearly enjoyed it when they began cheering ‘we’ve scored a goal’.However, just three minutes into the second half Wycombe were awarded a penalty when Ashley Westwood jumped with his arm and caught Matt Bloomfield in the face.Jacobson made no mistake from the spot when he sent Mark Bunn the wrong way.Villa were punished for their lack of urgency and were almost behind moments later when the League Two side went on the attack once again.Sam Wood played it to Thompson whose cross was met by Wood’s volley inside the area, but the effort was cleared off the line by Jores Okore.It was a scruffy second half display from the Premier League club, but as the game entered the last ten minutes, substitute Jordan Ayew displayed some trickery in the box and his shot went inches wide, while Rudy Gestede’s deflected shot bounced off the bar.They looked threatening, but ultimately could not find a way past Wycombe and while boos rang out from the away end, the home support cheered their side off and will look forward to the replay at Villa Park. 1 Joe Jacobson celebrates his penalty against Aston Villa last_img

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