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Published: 09:35 | 12/1/16

Villa held by Wycombe


Premier League side Aston Villa were held to a 1-1 draw by League Two Wycombe Wanderers in a FA Cup third round encounter at Adams Park.

Micah Richards put Remi Garde's side ahead midway through the first half with a well-taken finish, but Joe Jacobson levelled matters from the spot five minutes after the restart after Ashley Westwood was adjudged to have fouled Matt Bloomfield.

The visitors won 8-3 when the sides met at the same stage back in 2006 and went close a couple of times in the early stages, most notably when Scott Sinclair's effort was cleared off the line.

But they were ahead on 22 minutes when Richards side-footed the ball into the bottom corner past Wycombe goalkeeper Alex Lynch from 12 yards after being found unmarked in the penalty area by Carles Gil.

Villa looked composed and controlled proceedings for long spells in the opening period, limiting their fourth tier opponents to few opportunities in front of goal.

They had a big shout for a penalty when Richards appeared to be hauled back in the six-yard box as he attempted to get on the end of Rudy Gestede's flick-on from Leandro Bacuna's floated free-kick, but referee Michael Oliver was unmoved.

The home side's best chances came via set pieces and they could have been level four minutes before the break when defender Aaron Pierre rose unmarked to meet Jacobson's in-swinging corner six yards out, but he couldn't keep his header down and it sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

Wycombe were thrown a lifeline five minutes after the restart when Westwood was adjudged to have fouled Bloomfield just inside the area.

The decision appeared harsh, but Jacobson showed no nerves as he drilled the ball beyond Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn to level the scores.

The goal obviously inspired the home side and they were almost ahead two minutes later when Sam Wood ghosted in unmarked at the far post, but Richards was well-laced to clear his volley off the line.

Wycombe looked much more threatening than they had for the entire opening period, but could have been behind on 67 minutes when Sinclair broke into the box from the left and opted to shoot when Gestede was unmarked ten yards from goal.

But Villa weathered the storm and re-assumed control and substitute Jordan Ayew shot narrowly wide ten minutes from time after advancing unopposed towards the Wycombe goal.

Gestede was unlucky moments later to see his effort deflected onto the frame of the goal and away for a corner.

The visitors continued to press for a winner but had to be content with a draw and a replay at Villa Park later in the month.



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