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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Saturday 3rd January 2015
Football League Two
Fred Onyedinma's first senior goal was enough to see Wanderers regain top spot in 'League Two' as they beat basement side Hartlepool United 1-0 at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came on 37 minutes when the ball was threaded through to the Millwall loanee from the left of midfield, who then smashed the ball home at the near post.
The goal livened up an otherwise uneventful game against a side with several newcomers made by new boss Ronnie Moore. Wycombe had chances to extend their lead before and after the break but were very nearly made to pay for those missed opportunities when Rakish Bingham's header hit the base of the left hand upright on 86 minutes before the ball went wide. Pools hope of snatching a draw diminished two minutes later when substitute Lewis Hawkins was red-carded for a second-bookable offence for a lunge at Joe Jacobson. Wanderers then controlled the final moments, maintaining possession in the opponents half and ensuring a victory that takes Wanderers to the top of the table on to 47 points from 24 games - a point ahead of Burton who beat Shrewsbury.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Hartlepool 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "The points against Shrewsbury and Luton become very important after that win. They were just as tough as Hartlepool. We've been there last year, we know what they are going to throw at us. We had to play at a very high tempo today and that was the game plan. If they had any plans, we wanted to crush them in the first part of the game. I'm not saying we did that, but we created many chances and could have had one or two more goals. It's a 1-0, it's as good as any win for me. It takes us back to the top, which is fantastic for the boys. The boys played really well. Some of the moves, if we'd have finished them off, they would have been great goals. The two centre halves [Alfie Mawson and Aaron Pierre] were immense again and Fred [Onyedinma] scoring on his home debut - they're all positives."
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