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New signing Richard Harris earned a start against Tranmere after impressing Lawrie Sanchez with his lively debut as substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Peteborough. Harris was one of two changes to the starting line-up that had lost to Barry Fry's side; the other being a start for Gavin Holligan as Lawrie Sanchez rested Steve Brown and Sean Devine. Harris was later replaced by Brown after the former Crystal Palace player picked up a hamstring injury. Brown then scored from the spot after Rammell had been fouled just inside the Tranmere penalty area by Clint Hill.
With Wanderers going for a three pronged attack from the start it made for an open game. However, it was the visitors who had the early chances. On 8 minutes Martin Taylor was grateful to see Stuart Barlow straight at him from the Rovers right as Wycombe's defence was pierced. Two minutes later Mark Rogers out in a timely tackle to block Andy Parkinson's shot.
Wanderers best efforts came as a result of two or three fierce long throw-ins from the left wing by Richard Harris but Rovers 'keeper John Achterberg was well protected by his defenders.
It was Harris's efforts down the right wing that led to Wycombe opening the scoring in the 29th minute. The former Palace player was knocked off the ball and from the resulting free-kick from Currie it was Rammell who rose to direct home his header inside the far post.
Martin Taylor was called on again to save from Sean Thornton and Alan Navarro before the half closed and there was a set-back for Wycombe when Harris was forced off with a hamstring injury.
Half-time Wycombe 1 Tranmere 0
Wycombe were given further breathing space five minutes into the second-half when Clint Hill was adjudged to have fouled Andy Rammell as the Wycombe player closed in on goal from the right flank. Referee Paul Alcock took advice from his Assistant before pointing to the spot and after the Rovers protests, Brown side footed the ball past Achterberg with ease.
It all looked fairly easy at this point but Tranmere were given hope when following a thown-in from the left Gareth Roberts crossed and Simon Haworth, a regular scorer on his previous visits to Adams Park with Wigan, headed home at the near post.
The goal caused a nervous spell for Wycombe where Rogers and McCarthy were kept busy clearing their lines and also pleased to see Gareth Roberts sky an effort high into the away end from a good position.
At the other end Rogers stabbed an effort wide after Simpson had delivered a free-kick from the right following a foul on Keith Ryan in the 70th minute. Ten minutes later Dannie Bulman couldn't believe his bad luck when he saw a shot from the left corner of the six yard box saved by Achterberg at the near post after Rammell had laid the ball off.
A minute later Taylor pulled off a brilliant close range block to prevent substitute Iain Hume from levelling the scores and with it Wycombe had done enough to gain three welcome points.
Final Score Wycombe 2 Tranmere 1
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