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Saturday 16th March 2002
Football League Division Two
Macca back for Griffin Park trip Wanderers went down by a goal to nil at Griffin Park on Saturday. The vital goal came as early as the 6th minute. Martin Taylor got down well at the near post to save Paul Evans long range effort from the left flank but from the resulting corner it was Bees defender Ivar Ingimarsson who was on hand at the far post to stab the ball home.
Wycombe responded well in the second-half and the arrival of Jermaine McSporran injected the necessary pace to begin to threaten the home goal. However, with Wanderers 1,000 strong support on the open terrace becoming more and more drenched, it turned out to be one of those days where Wycombe simply couldn't get a shot on target.
The biggest bonus for Wycombe was the return earlier than expected of Andy Rammell and Paul McCarthy. It was Rammell's first ever appearance alongside Sean Devine and although both players are short of full fitness there were signs that they could strike it off in the future. The return of 'Macca' and 'Rambo' saw Keith Ryan and Jermaine McSporran dropped to the bench in the only two changes to the Wycombe side that had lost to Huddersfield in the week.
Wanderers began the game in cavalier style. Within the opening two minutes Devine saw a shot from a narrow angle on the left saved and on 4 minutes Devine combined with Currie just right of centre before Rammell's shot on the turn was held at the second attempt by Paul Smith in The Bees goal.
However, the home side soon showed why they are riding high near the top of the League and with a home record to be proud of. On six minutes Evans crashed in a shot that Taylor saved and after the same player delivered the corner Ingimarsson converted. It was poor defending by Wycombe and for a while it looked like Brentford would score on every attack. 'Wycombe reject', Martin Rowlands will be disappointed that he didn't get on the score sheet. He saw a 24th minute effort blocked after a goalmouth scramble and a minute later mis-kicked with the goal at his mercy.
Wycombe survived this purple patch from the home side and after Currie and drove a shot into the side netting on 27 minutes, began to come back into the game. Meanwhile, for the Wycombe fans on the open terracing, the day started to turn grim as the skies opened and the rain came down.
By the time the second-half had started most of the fans had given up caring just how wet they were and concentrated on urging the players forward. Rammell and Devine started to look like a useful combination and if either player had remembered their usual finishing touch, the scoreline could have been very different.
McSporran's introduction down the right flank for workhorse Steve Brown saw Wycombe continue to press. On 76 minutes Danny Senda and 'Jocky' exchanged only to see Devine try and be too precise with his finish and the ball skipped wide of the far post. McSporran, who seemed to be the target of some bizzare ravings from the Wycombe dugout, was perhaps too unselfish when he choose to pass instead of shooting as the game reached the closing stages. Seconds later Devine flicked a Currie corner wide of the target and with it went Wycombe's last chance.
Final Score Brentford 1 Wycombe 0
Wycombe: Taylor, Senda, McCarthy, Rogers, Vinnicombe, Currie, Bulman, Simpson, Brown (sub 69 McSporran), Rammell, Devine - subs not used Ryan, Roberts, Townsend, Lee
Yellow Cards: -
Brentford: Smith, Dobson, Theobald, Ingimarsson, Anderson, Sidwell, Evans, Rowlands, Hunt (sub 87 Tabb), Owusu, Burgess - subs not used: Gottskalksson, Boxall, O'Connor, Williams
Yellow Cards: Anderson (foul 84)
Referee: P Taylor (Herts) Att: 7165 (Wycombe 1048)
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