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Newport County 0
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 9th August 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers got their 2014/15 season off to a winning start with an impressive 2-0 victory at Newport County. New signing Peter Murphy headed Wycombe into the lead in the 40th minute when he connected with a Max Kretzschmar corner and four minutes later Paris Cowan-Hall struck home from six yards to double the lead and send the Welsh side reeling at the break. Also making their Wycombe debuts at Newport were new arrivals Alfie Mawson, Sido Jombati and Joe Jacobson.
20 year old Mawson was signed on loan from Brentford on the day of the game and many of the travelling Wycombe fans in Wales had no idea who the player was when Wanderers took the field in their new kit for the 2014/15 campaign. The defender slotted in well alongside former Bee Aaron Pierre and will provide cover following the revelation that Gary Doherty had been sidelined for an estimated eight weeks due to a knee injury sustained in training. News was also revealed on the day that triallist Aaron Holloway had signed a deal until January 2015 - the former Bristol City player remained an unused substitute against the club he was released from in May 2014.
The early action at Rodney Parade saw Pierre force a save from home 'keeper Lenny Pidgeley with a powerful header, while at the other end Matt Ingram denied Michael Flynn on two occasions before Wanderers took control in the five minutes before the break. Murphy's opener came when he headed in at the near post following Kretzschmar flighted corner from the left. The new signing celebrated with the Wanderers fans behind the goal and there were more reasons to be cheerful a minute before the break when Sam Wood powered into the left corner of the box before squaring for Cowan-Hall to have the simple task to side foot home. The two goals proved the killer blows for the home side who struggled to hit the target in the second-half and went closest when Lee Minshull headed wide of the right hand upright on 70 minutes.
The opening day victory is the third consecutive season Wycombe have won on the first day of the season - following a 1-0 home victory over Morecambe in 2013 and a 3-1 victory at York City in 2012. It is also the fifth consecutive season a debutant has scored on the opening day - following Paris Cowan-Hall (2013), Sam Wood (2012), James Tunnicliffe (2011) and Scott Rendell (2010).
Full-time - Newport County 0 Wycombe 2
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "We won the opening day last season as well, so I'm not getting carried away. Feet firmly on the ground. I've brought in a group of players that will work incredibly hard for each other and it comes from the front. The front two did so much running today and the rest of them followed suit. What a debut for Alfie Mawsonn. It's similar to Aaron (Pierre) last year, when he came in. They played together in the youth team at Brentford and Mark Warburton has done me a fabulous favour there by letting us have Alfie for a month. He slotted in really well alongside Aaron (Pierre). I thought he had an outstanding debut if I'm honest." The Wycombe boss added, "We've got to believe in everything we do, but it's a long process. The club has been in a lot of debt, we're in a slow building process over the next couple of years and we've got to keep that on the ground, and that's what I want to do."
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