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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Dagenham & Redbridge 0
Saturday 5th April 2014
Football League Two
Second half goals from Steven Craig and Max Kretzschmar saw Wanderers beat ten man Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 at Adams Park and keep just clear of the relegation zone after Northampton also won 1-0 on the road at Accrington.
The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the side that has drew at Scunthorpe the previous week - Matt McClure reuturning to the starting line-up in favour of Sam Togwell. Wycombe had the better chances during the first-half with a Matt Bloomfield long range effort from the left channel on 31 minutes. But there was a blow for Bloomfield two minutes later when he was forced off injured. The game took on a different flavour five minutes before the break when Craig chased a through ball and slightly caught Daggers 'keeper Chris Lewington with his trailing leg. Visiting defender Scott Doe confronted Craig about the challenge, raising both arms and pushing his head towards the face of the Wycombe player, leaving the referee little option but to red card Doe, while also showing a yellow card to Craig. Wycombe took immediate advantage two minutes after the break when, following a throw-in from the right, Stuart Lewis was bundled over in the box by Brian Saah and Craig stepped up to slot home the resulting penalty. Wycombe then sealed their deserved victory on 57 minutes when Sam Wood floated a ball into the box from the left that McClure laid back into the path of Kretzschmar, who hit a sweet strike into the back of the Valley End net from around 12 yards.
With five games left to to play for all clubs, Wycombe (46 points) now travel to Newport County on Saturday 12th April looking to continue their road to League Two safety. Elsewhere, Northampton (43 points) are home to Burton, Bristol Rovers (47) are home to Torquay (36), Exeter (47) entertain Cheltenham, Porstmouth (48) travel to Dagenham, while Morecambe (48) visit Fleetwood.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Dagenham 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "All the lads were superb for me. Itís not always easy playing against 10 men, but it was great to see us taking advantage of that. What I said at half-time was that we couldnít change our game, so I wanted them to pretend as though we were still playing against 11 men. At 11 versus 11 I still felt we were the better side and as long as we did the same things before they lost a man, we were always going to get a positive result. The game hinges a little bit on the red card but the referee has probably made the right decision to send him off as the guy has raised his hands to Stevie Ė you canít do that. It was a poor header from their centre-half back towards the keeper so he was entitled to go for it as it was a 50-50 with him.Ē The Wycombe boss added, "This is another bunfight, and it's a crazy league. It's become a big three points today and nothing less than we deserve. Maybe the tide is just turning slightly in our favour, and what a great time to turn. We need this. The spirit we have at Wycombe is fantastic. They're not going to lay down and take it our boys. They're up for the fight."
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