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Peterborough United 0
Saturday 10th November 2001
Football League Division Two
Gavin Holligan - two goals against Posh Wycombe jumped to 5th place in the Division Two table after a fairly comfortable 3-0 victory over Peterborough United at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. Wycombe have now gone ten games unbeaten in the League.
Gavin Holligan gave Wycombe the lead in the 34th minute when he bravely headed home Stuart Roberts cross from the right but a floodlight failure at half-time threatened to cause the game to be abandoned. It was 40 minutes before the power was restored and another ten minutes before the players returned to action.
It was the visitors who eventually came out the stronger after the extended break and only another top class save by Martin Taylor from a Neale Fenn shot kept Wycombe ahead. However, within seconds of Lawrie Sanchez switching to a back five with Jason Cousins replacing Stuart Roberts, Wycombe were 2-0 up - Paul McCarthy powering in a header from Steve Brown's corner delivered from the right. Eleven minutes later the victory was sealed when an exquisite pass from Darren Currie gave Holligan the chance to tuck in his second goal. Holligan was then only denied a hat-trick following a double save from Mark Tyler in the Posh goal on 81 minutes.
Wycombe welcomed back Michael Simpson after his one match ban but Richard Walker was missing has he begins his three match suspension. As expected it was Gavin Holligan who grabbed the vacant place up front alongside Andy Rammell. Holligan had impressed during the week for the reserves and justified his inclusion with his twin strike against Posh.
Before Holligan's opening goal it looked like Wycombe might be frustrated again in front of goal. After surviving a couple of early efforts from the visitors in the opening minutes Wanderers began to lay seige on the Posh goal. Rammell shot just over on 9 minutes and Holligan twice went close before Stuart Roberts fired just wide in front of the Valley End. Steve Brown got into the action too on 25 minutes when he saw an outswinging effort saved.
With Martin Taylor rarely troubled, Wycombe got the breakthrough on 34 minutes after Roberts had switched to the right wing. The Welsh wizard picked up Michael Simpson's pass before firing in a low cross that Holligan headed in bravely from the edge of the six yard box.
Half-time Wycombe 1 Peterborough 0
Darren dazzles the PoshWith power restored just a few minutes before the referee would have abandoned the game, it was the visitors who came out the brigther side. Taylor's wonder save from Fenn on 55 minutes was quickly followed by Helgi Danielsson firing just wide from a similar position as Wycombe began to look a little exposed at the back.
Wycombe responded when a Roberts' cross was headed onto the roof of the Peterborough net by Holligan. Wycombe then doubled their advantage when McCarthy converted from Brown's corner, meanwhile Currie continued to amaze the crowd with an array of passes and flicks that left Peterborough chasing shadows. Another extraordinary piece of Currie skill lead to Wycombe's third goal on 75 minutes - his pass letting in Holligan for his third goal in just five starts this season.
The visitors had a late rally with Leon Mckenzie going closest when he pulled an effort wide with six minutes remaining. But the visitors knew they were well beaten side against a Wycombe team who to be fair have a lot left in reserve. If McSporran, Devine and Baird can get fit, who know what might happen.
Final Score Wycombe 3 Peterborough 0
Wycombe: Taylor, Senda, Rogers, Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Simpson, Currie, Brown (sub 73 Bulman), Roberts (sub 63 Cousins), Rammell (sub 77 Emblen), Holligan
subs not used: Ryan, Carroll
Yellow Cards: -
Peterborough: Tyler, Joseph, Rea (sub 78 Hooper), Edwards, Pearce (sub 69 Williams) Farrell, Danielsson, Shields, Jelleyman (sub HT Fenn) McKenzie, Clarke
subs not used: Cullen, Connor
Yellow Cards: Rea (foul 38), Jelleyman (foul 44)
Referee:Mr A Butler (Notts) Attendance: 6,025 (Peterborough 411)
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