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Northampton Town 1
Wycombe Wanderers 4
Saturday 21st December 2013
Football League Two
Gareth Ainsworth's bold team selection was completely justified following an emphatic 4-1 victory at struggling Northampton Town. Jo Kuffour and Dean Morgan returned to the starting line-up and it was the Kuffour who got Wanderers off to a flyer when he netted after just 15 seconds past former Wycombe loanee Matt Duke. Wycombe led 2-0 on 14 minutes when Kortney Hause headed home, sending the home Manager Aidy Boothroyd into a tail spin as he made all three of his substitutions before the start of the second period. They responded briefly when Izale McLeod pulled a goal back for The Cobblers five minutes after the restart but after Matthias Kouo-Doumbe was forced off with an injury on 68 minutes, leaving the home side with ten men, Wycombe sealed the points ten minutes later when a fired up Stuart Lewis crashed the ball home from Billy Knott's pull back to make it 3-1. Then it was left to Morgan to complete the scoring on 84 minutes when he curled the ball past Duke after creating space himself.
This was the first time Wycombe had beaten Northampton in any competition since the 5-0 victory at Sixfields in January 2003. This result leaves Wanderers 13th in the table and sends Northampton to the foot, ahead of the busy (weather permitting) Christmas holiday programme.
Full-time - Northampton 1 Wycombe 4
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "This is a huge win for us. It's been coming and I've told people it's been coming and to beat a team like that 4-1 away from home is really special. I got quite emotional at the end because I've been wanting that for so long. Losing so many players, we were on our last legs today, but they've come and under adversity have given me everything and I'm so proud. Jo Kuffour has been waiting patiently, getting on with his training and waiting for his chance. He's proven to me that he wanted and deserved his chance - and he took it after 10 seconds. Statistics are amazing. Yesterday I was six without a win, and now I'm three unbeaten. But it's a real boost to go into the Christmas period."
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