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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Southend United 1
Saturday 31st August 2013
Football League Two
Steven Craig netted his first goal for Wycombe as Wanderers ground out at 2-1 victory over Southend United at Adams Park. Dean Morgan headed Wanderers into the lead on 7 minutes but United equalised seven later when Freddy Eastwood slotted home. Wycombe went ahead again in the 32nd minute when Craig glanced in a Max Kretzschmar's corner from the left. The visitors hit the bar twice in their quest for an equaliser but also found Matt Ingram in top form again. Morgan hit the bar from a breakway for Wycombe in the dying minutes as the visitors continued to press but Gareth Ainsworth's side held on for all three points.
Team news saw one change from the side that had drew at Oxford United the previous week - Kortney Hause coming in to replace the suspended Charles Dunne. Meanwhile Matt Bloomfield was named as a substitute and made his first competitive Wycombe appearance for close to a year when he replaced Nick Arnold for the final twenty minutes or so.
Wanderers opening goal came from Sam Wood’s inswinging free kick from the right which saw Morgan stoop in to head the ball into the bottom corner of the net. The equaliser from Eastwood seven minutes later came when Ryan Leonard squared a low ball across for the experienced striker to slot past Ingram and into the back of the Valley End net. Ingram managed to keep out a wayward header from Arnold shortly afterwards as United sensed the game was there for the taking. However, Craig's debut goal for Wycombe turned the tables again before United countered with a second-half onslaught on the Wanderers goal - but again Ingram was in top form, while the likes of Leon Johnson and Gary Doherty did enough to ensure that victory went to Wycombe.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Southend 1
Post match reaction:
Speaking after the game, Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth said "We took an onslaught second half, but after last weeks performance we deserved a win, we got the win and really pleased to have the home form back on track. We've got some miles to do in September. The fans got us through the last 10 minutes, thank you very much for that, and if you're coming on your travels with us because we will keep going as you keep shouting." The Wycombe boss added, "I’m glad we’ve got our home form back on track. Mansfield was a blip and we’ve proved that in the last two performances. Everyone will be looking at Southend and thinking, ‘What’s happening there?’ I’m looking at Southend thinking that’s a good scalp, because they’re a strong side and Phil Brown knows what to do to win a game.”
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