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Sunday 2nd September 2001
Football League Division Two
Gavin Holligan - picture Paul LewisA tragic 70th minute headed own goal from Steve Brown saw Wycombe defeated 2-1 at the McAlpine Stadium on Sunday evening. The Wanderers had led through a 14th minute goal from Gavin Holligan but a 20 yard bullet from John Thorrington drew the scores level seven minutes before the break.
Holligan was the only change in the starting line-up from the side that had beaten QPR on Bank Holiday Monday, the ex-West Ham trainee replacing Paul Emblen in the Wanderers' front line
After the game Lawrie Sanchez blamed his midfield who not taking the game to Lou Macari's side. The Wycombe boss told ITV Digital "The midfield have got to accept the responsibilty. If you don't pass the ball then you're going to get sucked into a situation against a team like Huddersfield.". Sanchez saw his side take a 14th minute lead when full debutant Gavin Holligan picked up a delightful through ball down the right by Darren Currie. Holligan weaved through into the Huddersfield box before seeing his shot parried by The Terriers 'keeper and then hooked off the line. However, the Assistant Referee signalled that the ball had crossed the line and Wycombe were leading away from home for the first time this season.
Not surprisingly the home side rallied in attempt to draw level. Martin Taylor saved well from a Gray header on 19 minutes, while Terriers veteran Andy Booth fired over just after the half-hour mark.
Town's equaliser on 38 minutes came out of nothing. Jason Cousins only half cleared and as the ball fell kindly to John Thorrington, the American unleashed a shot from 20 yards that dipped over Martin Tyalor.
Half-time 1-1
Wycombe continued to defend deep in the second period and Thorrington was a particular threat as he gave Chris Vinnicombe a torrid time. In the 63rd minute Thorrington's low ball across from the right should have been converted by substitute Chris Hay and four minutes later Schofield struck an effort into the side netting from the opposite flank.
The winner came following a corner from the right by Thorrington. The American delivered the ball to the near post and in what seemed like a lack of communication in the Wycombe defence, it was Brown who glanced the ball past Taylor who had come to punch the ball clear.
A lack of discipline in the Wycombe saw three yellow cards picked up and only a well timed challenge by Vinnicombe on Booth prevented the score from being extended.
As usual Wycombe finished strongly with Keith Ryan causing some last minute headaches for the home defence. Wanderers' best efforts to grab a share of the points came when Simpson snapped a shot inches wide from 20 yards in the 88th minute. Then on the stroke of full-time Dannie Bulman pulled his shot wide wide after Ryan and McCarthy had created the opening.
It took a full stretch save from Taylor in the third minute of stoppage time to prevent Booth from increasing the winning margin for Huddersfield.
Final Score Huddersfield 2 Wycombe 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Cousins, Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Rogers, Simpson, Brown, Bulman, Currie (sub 77 Senda), Holligan (sub 64 McSporran), Rammell (sub 77 Ryan)
subs not used: Emblen, Osborn
Yellow Cards: Simpson (foul 73), Vinnicombe (foul 82), Brown (foul 84)
Huddersfield: Margetson, Heary, Evans, Gray, Moses, Baldry (sub 60 Hay), Beech (sub 60 Mattis), Holland, Thorrington, Schofield, Booth.
subs not used: Digby, Irons, Macari
Yellow Cards: none
Referee: Tony Leake Attendance: 9,750 (Wycombe 299)
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