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Wycombe Wanderers 3
Carlisle United 1
Saturday 16th August 2014
Football League Two
Wycombe made it two straight League wins for the first time since February 2014 with a thoroughly deserved 3-1 victory over Carlisle United at Adams Park.
Wanderers, unchanged again and playing on a narrowed and shortened pitch at Adams Park, were the better side throughout but had to wait until 55 minutes to take the lead when Aaron Pierre headed home from inside the six yard box from Sam Wood's cross from the right following a short corner. The visitors levelled two minutes later when Brad Potts angled home a volley past Matt Ingram after the United had broke down the left.
But Gareth Ainsworth's side regained the lead on 77 minutes when Sean O'Hanlon handled in the box following Matt Ingram's long delivery and Paul Hayes slotted home the resulting penalty - sending visiting 'keeper Mark Gillespie the wrong way. Wycombe confirmed their dominance and new found confidence when Peter Murphy netted in the 80th minute after he managed to drag back Paris Cowan-Hall's looped cross from the right to the far post. Carlisle had Alex Marrow red carded in the 82nd minute for a second bookable offence following a lunge on Max Kretzschmar.
This was Wanderers first home victory over the Cumbrian side since the 1995/96 season, while the 100% start to the 2014/15 League campaign is the first time Wanderers have taken six out six points at the start of a League campaign since beating Cambridge and Chester in August 2004. The only other two win start came at the beginning of the 1994/95 season.
Full-time - Wycombe 3 Carlisle 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "The players did really well today. The effort is something we've got to focus on and the effort was fantastic by each player out there. If we keep playing like that we're going to pick a few more points than we did last year at home. I thought the boys really stuck to the game plan, stuck to what we've worked on. And more than that, the togetherness and the hard work was evident throughout the game. Thanks to the fans, they were great. Hopefully there's a few new heroes for a few new fans, because there were plenty of new faces on show today."
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