After demolishing Birmingham City on the opening day, this match at Thame United was a repeat of last season’s cup quarter-final, when Argyle triumphed to meet Liverpool in the last four.
It was another close encounter but a needless dismissal gave us a major mountain to climb, and it eventually proved too much.
“It was a good set-up at Thame United and we went there full of confidence after the win over Birmingham,” said head coach Lee Hodges. “We knew Wycombe were a very good side from the game last year.
“We conceded a goal after 10 minutes but then grew back into the game, equalising with an inswinging free-kick from Jake Anderson that flicked off a Wycombe head.
“One of our strikers, Clayton Thomas, was booked for retaliation on the stroke of half-time and I spoke to him about the importance of keeping his discipline. Unfortunately, that wasn’t heeded, as he picked up another booking for kicking out immediately after the interval.
“It’s a big lesson for Clayton because you have to earn the trust of your coach and team-mates. We maintained our shape with ten men but a groin injury to one of our centre-backs 20 minutes from time forced us to change formation.
“We eventually got deeper and conceded a heartbreaker on 90 minutes. It was a horrible way to lose and we naturally piled forward in the dying seconds, but conceded a third on the counter.”
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