Hartlepool United 2
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 25th November 2006
Football League Two

A brace from on-loan Hull City striker Darryl Duffy consigned Wanderers to a 2-0 defeat at Hartlepool and push Paul Lambert's side out of the automatic promotion places. Duffy netted a goal in each half on a day when former Pool players Jermaine Easter and Kevin Betsy took the bird from the home fans.

Duffy opened the scoring on 24 minutes when he latched onto Michael Nelson’s long pass before lifting the ball over Sam Stockley and 'keeper Ricardo Batista and then tucking the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards. It could have been worse two minutes later as Batista had to dive full length to push out Ritchie Humphreys’ thumping right foot volley. Wanderers were then in trouble again 60 seconds later but Mike Williamson’s timley interception stiffled the threat.

Wycombe responded when Will Antwi’s header from Bloomfield’s left wing corner was headed off the line by Pool skipper Micky Barron and then six minutes before half time Tommy Mooney rose at the back post to head in another Bloomfield corner only to see it ruled out for a push on the defender. Mooney was furious and was booked for his protests.

Wanderers fell 2-0 behind on 59 minutes after the referee had waved play on after a wild challenge by Tommy Doherty in midfield and when the ball was crossed in from the right, Duffy took the ball down and smashed it under Batista.

Doherty was booked for his challenge but he was involved in a move that should have seen Wanderers level within a minute of falling 2-0 behind. He found Williamson with a searching pass but the Wycombe defender rushed at the chance and screwed the ball wide. Doherty was replaced shortly afterwards to prevent the danger of a red card, while on loan Aston Villa defender Stephen O’Halloran was also withdrawn, replaced by Chris Palmer as Lambert switched to a back three in search of rescuing the game.

It prompted Wycombe's best spell of the game but they could find no way past Greek 'keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos. Matt Bloomfield seeing and effort pushed wide from distance and from the resultant corner the 'keeper held onto Mooney’s attempted backheel from two yards out. Anthony Grant also tested the home 'keeper into action with a long-range effort but in the end there was no way through and Wycombe had Batista to thank for a late block from Pool substitute Anthony Sweeney.

Final Score - Hartlepool 2 Wycombe 0
Wycombe: Batista, Stockley, Antwi, Williamson, O’Halloran (sub 64 Palmer), Betsy, Doherty (sub 84 Oakes), Grant, Bloomfield, Easter (sub 80 Stonebridge), Mooney – subs not used: Young, Martin
Scorers: none
Bookings: Mooney, Doherty, Stockley
Hartlepool: Konstantopoulos, Barron, Nelson, Clark, Humphreys, Eifion Williams (sub 64 Sweeney), Boland, Liddle, Monkhouse, Daly (sub 75 Bullock), Duffy (sub 90 Foley) – subs not used: Provett, Gibb
Scorers: Duffy 24, 59
Bookings: Liddle, Barron, Monkhouse, Daly
Referee: Mr G Salisbury (Lancashire) Attendance: 3,711 (away 155)
Speaking after the game, Wycombe Manager Paul Lambert backed up Tommey Mooney's frustration at seeing his 'goal' disallowed: "I don't know why it was chalked off. The referee said he was pulling the defender but it didn't look like it to me from where I was." The Wycombe boss added: "We never got going and before we knew it we were a goal down. At 1-0 down we still had plenty of time to get back into the game but we never really got into our stride. We had the majority of the second half but we then got hit with the sucker punch and there was no coming back for us. We had pressure and one or two little chances but we did not defend properly."

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