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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Bristol City 1
Tuesday 8th October 2013
Football League Trophy Second Round
Wanderers made it into the Southern Area Quarter-Final of the Football League Trophy following a 2-1 victory over Bristol City at Adams Park. A Wycombe side with four changes to the starting XI that had lost to Burton the previous weekend got off to a great start when loanee Billy Knott fired home high into the net from Matt Bloomfield's assist on 9 minutes. Bloomfield, making his first start since August 2012, netted himself on 27 minutes with a low shot past former Wanderer Frank Fielding. The visitors pulled a goal back on 56 minutes when a Brendan Moloney shot beat Matt Ingram but the Championship side were unable to break through a resolute Wanderers' defence.
The four changes to Wanderers' line-up had seen Nick Arnold, Anthony Stewart, Bloomfield and Josh Scowen come in for Marvin McCoy, Charles Dunne, Gary Doherty and Matt McClure. The reshuffled team got off to an encouraging start with Paris Cowan-Hall shooting over from just outside the box and Sam Wood having an effort blocked inside five minutes. The opening goal came after Jo Kuffour played a short pass to Bloomfield from near the left corner flag. The Wycombe midfielder then ran and turned to set up Knott to blast high into the top left corner of the net from 12 yards. After Kuffour had forced Fielding into a good save, Wanderers doubled their lead when Arnold's back heel from the right corner of the box found Bloomfield, who stroked the ball home left footed into the right corner of the net.
City made changes at the break in an effort to get back into the tie and were rewarded on 56 minutes when Maloney's 20 yarder found the back of the net after he was allowed to run unchallenged from midfield. The game may have looked to have swinging City's way but Wycombe still looked threatening on the break and held on for a fully deserved victory.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Bristol City 1
Post match reaction:
Speaking to the media after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth said, "It's really encouraging the way things have worked. The full backs give you width - Sam Wood and Nick Arnold especially did that really well. We have a lot of good midfielders at this club so why not play as many as you can in a system where you want to encourage passing? First half we tried a new shape and a change of personnel. We worked on it in training this week and I was really pleased it came off. We've got players who can play. Billy Knott can find pockets [of space], Paris was fantastic with the way he led the line. Stuart Lewis and Josh Scowen are renowned for their tackling and winning the ball back but they took to it really well."
Wanderers went into the game with City having lost their last two and the Wycombe boss added, "It's not nice losing games - we came off the rails a little bit but I thought tonight we made Bristol City look very ordinary. After the game on Saturday I made it known what I thought happened and what went wrong. Trying to get Jo Kuffour to win a header against a 6ft5 defender isn't going to work. We employed the shape to try to encourage more football through the midfield and I thought we did that. If we'd come in at half time 4-0 up - their keeper made some cracking saves - it wouldn't have been unjust."
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