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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Hartlepool United 1
Saturday 8th March 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers came from behind to defeat 9th placed Hartlepool 2-1 at Adams Park and jump to 18th place in the 'League Two table. Manchester United loanee Jack Barmby gave the visitors the lead just before the break but second-half goals from Dean Morgan and Matt McClure secured victory and extended the unbeaten run to six games.
Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had drew at Southend the previous week - Morgan and Paris Cowan-Hall returning to the starting line-up in favour of Steven Craig and McClure - but there was a set-back early on when Cowan-Hall was forced off with an ankle injury in the 9th minute and was replaced by McClure. However, even though the visitors had a call for a penalty turned down in the 4th minute - Luke James' dive from Anthony Stewart challenge on the left side of the box not impressing the referee - Wycombe went on to create the better openings, a highlight being on 30 minutes when Josh Scowen and Max Kretzschmar exchanged on the right before McClure drove a shot straight at Flinders in the Pools goal. However, it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play on 41 minutes when Barmby looped a shot past Matt Ingram following a corner from the left. It was a blow to Wycombe but they came out even more determined in the second-half and were rewarded on 52 minutes when Morgan stooped to head home on the right of the six yard box. The visitors responded with a spell of pressure but a superb performance from the Wanderers back four held firm and on 69 minutes there was more joy for the home following when Kretzschmar's corner from the right was headed home by McClure for a deserved winner.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Hartlepool 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth enthused about coming from behind, saying, "We beat Chesterfield, top of the league, but we were in front for the game. We beat Exeter but we were in front for the game. To go behind and then to come back and win the game is something special. I’m really positive from what I’ve seen today. How we are and where we are in the league, who knows, but we are there and we have to deal with that. I think we’ve missed out on five or six points this year and who knows what position we’d be in with those? We are not far away – I think we’ll be improving on last year’s position, without a doubt.". He added, “No matter what the result was today I was happy with what I’d seen at half time. Second half, [I said] go out and do that again I’ll be happy. I knew if they performed like they did in the first half there was no way they could have stopped us. The two strikers scoring as well is the icing on the cake. It’s been a barren run for those front players but I thought they both played really well. Dean Morgan was unplayable today – he had one of his best games. We didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down at half time but we definitely deserved to be 2-1 up at full time."
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