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IN THE MAKING
(Tuesday 16th January 2001)
A new chapter was wrote in the history of Wycombe Wanderers as Division One Grimsby Town were dumped out of the FA Cup on a memorable night for all connected with the Club.
Two Wycombe goals during a two minute spell in the first-half rocked the home side and although The Mariners pulled a goal back shortly before the break, it was Wycombe who looked the more composed side after the interval. A Mark Rogers goal mid-way through the second-half gave Wycombe the vital breathing space needed to earn a first ever appearance in the Fourth Round.
Wolves will now be the visitors to Adams Park on Saturday 27th January for what is sure to be another memorable day.
It was a delighted Lawrie Sanchez who spoke to the press after the game. It's been an ambition of Sanchez to reach the Fourth Round with Wycombe and he said "I've been working in the shadow of what Martin O'Neill did at the club, so it's nice to be able to peak from behind his cloak and say there's a piece of history of my own. I'm proud of the players. It's nice to breaks record, but we've only been in the league eight years. If it was a hundred years then it would be slightly different."
Sanchez made two changes to the side that started against Luton last Friday - Mark Rogers starting at right-back instead of Danny Senda and rewarding Martyn Lee with a start before the experience of Steve Brown.
Sanchez' faith in Lee paid off as the 20 year old had a hand in all three goals. His 30th minute free-kick from the right side was curled past the Grimsby wall and it was Paul McCarthy who was lurking to help the ball in. Wycombe were 2-0 up within the next 90 seconds. Lee struck in a free-kick from a similar position to the first and when the Grimsby defence failed to clear properly Michael Simpson struck the shot of his career to crash the ball home from just outside the penalty area.
It was a dream start for Wycombe but a nervous spell shortly before half-time nearly let The Mariners back into the game. In the 44th minute Michael Jeffrey was given far too much space in the left side of the Wycombe penalty and he gave Martin Taylor no chance with a powerful drive. Wycombe were then grateful to see Stuart Campbell volley over as the half ended with The Wanderers leading by two goals to one.
Once again it was a brief but effective half-time talk that lifted The Wanderers to new heights. After the game Sanchez said "I thought we were a bit fortunate to go into a two-goal lead. We didn't deserve that lead, but we showed the character we have in the side in the second half and I thought we were the better team after the break. We restricted them to long-range shots in the second half and we finished strongly."
Wycombe survived some brief flurries of Grimsby pressure in the second-half but when Mark Rogers headed home Lee's left wing corner in the 67th minute, the tie was Wycombe's.
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