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Saturday 20th October 2001
Football League Division Two
F**king get in there my son Jermaine McSporran's first goal since his 'World Record breaker' against Peterborough last season saw Wanderers extended the unbeaten run in the League to six games and move up to 5th place in the Division Two table. Jocky's goal came in the 53rd minute after he'd been set free down the left by a Steve Brown through ball. His pace took him past the City defence before he slotted the ball past Steve Phillips in the home goal. Wycombe had Martin Taylor and the woodwork to thank for keeping City's scoresheet clean but Andy Rammell had a header ruled out for offside in the first half and McSporran and Dave Carroll both had glorious chances to seal the game with the score at 1-0.
The game kicked off 30 minutes late after Wycombe's team coach had got delayed in a massive tailback on the M4. When they finally arrived, Lawrie Sanchez made one change to the starting line-up he'd used for the five previous league games, Dannie Bulman coming in for Richard Walker. Jason Cousins failed a late fitness after he took a knee in the back during training. New signing fom Swansea, Stuart Roberts, was not available as Wycombe are still awaiting internaional clearance from the Welsh FA.
Understandably Wycombe were slow starters and nearly caught cold within seconds of the start, Tony Thorpe glancing a header wide from Brian Tinnion's left wing cross after former Wycombe wing-back Mickey Bell had provided.
Another former Wanderer, Steve Jones, also sprayed a couple of efforts wide before Wycombe began to settle. Midfield maestro Darren Currie slipped a ball through to Michael Simpson on 19 minutes but Simmo's shot was turned away for the first corner of the game. Momenets later Wycombe forced another corner where McSporran's controlled volley from the far post was gathered with relative ease by Phillips in the City goal.
Simon Clist drove straight at Martin Taylor in the 26th minute but the better chances still fell Wycombe's way. On 36 minutes Chris Vinnicombe's cross from the left saw Andy Rammell head just over at the near post and two minutes Rammell had the ball in the net. Unfortunately, Rambo's conversion from McSporran's left side cross was ruled out for offside.
Simpson got caught in possession six minutes before the break but Taylor made his first crucial save of the day to deny Scott Murray's angled drive.
Half-time 0-0
The second-half proved to be a more open affair. Within the three minutes of the start Jones saw a low drive from the edge of the Wycombe penalty area hit the foot of Martin Taylor's right hand post and rebound to safety.
Wycombe then hit a purple patch. First Phillips had to advance quickly outside his area to head away as Currie closed in. Then on 52 minutes McSporran's pace took him clear on the left following Taylor's clearance but he pulled his shot wide under City pressure. Two minutes later, from a near identical position, McSporran got the crucial goal. Cutting in again from the left he slotted past Phillips before ripping off his shirt and running into the Wycombe fans congregated on the side opposite behind the goal.
City threw on striker Lee Peacock to try and get back into the game but after Taylor had picked out Tinnion's 58th minute free-kick it was Wycombe who enjoyed more chances. McSporran shot across the face of the goal on the hour mark and in the 68th minute a quick exchange between Currie and Brown down the Wycombe right ended with Rammell coming with an inch of connecting with the loose ball at the near post.
Sanchez, directing proceedings again from the stand, made tactical changes on 70 minutes with Walker and Carroll introduced for Currie and Rammell. City followed with their best attempts to snatch a draw. On 72 minutes Peacock crashed a header against the Wycombe post and again the ball flew across the face of the goal before being cleared. Three minutes later an almighty scramble in the Wycombe area ended with Thorpe's toe poke being saved by Taylor.
Dave Carroll should have scored his 101st goal for Wycombe on 84 minutes when he did everything right when presented with a run on goal. However, Phillips made a brilliant save to keep the nerves jangling for Wycombe. Six minutes of stoppage time didn't help the nail-biting but it was survived without too much fuss and the run continues.
After the game Lawrie Sanchez said Wycombe "we were good value for the result". Six games unbeaten equals the best ever run in the League since Sanchez took over as Wycombe boss and he's not lost in three visits to Ashton Gate. "This is a place where if you can come away with a result its a bonus. Maybe weve picked up 2 points today to make up for the 2 we lost last weekend. We are nicely on schedule for what we want to achieve."
Final Score Bristol City 0 Wycombe 1
Wycombe: : Taylor, Senda, Vinnicombe, Rogers, McCarthy, Simpson, Brown (sub 78 Ryan), Bulman, McSporran, Currie (sub 70 Walker), Rammell (sub 70 Carroll)
subs not used: Emblen, Holligan
Yellow Cards: Rogers (foul 17), Simpson (foul 55), Vinnicombe (foul 90)
Bristol City: Phillips, Bell, Murray, Clist (sub 57 Peacock), Thorpe, Tinnion, Lever, Hill (sub 62 Coles), Burnell, Jones, Summerbell (sub 83 Doherty)
subs not used: Attwell, Goodridge
Yellow Cards: Summerbell (foul 82), Thorpe (foul 85)
Referee:Mr G Cain (Merseyside) Attendance: 11,452 (Wycombe 511)
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