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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Shrewsbury Town 0
Saturday 14th March 2015
Football League Two
A Sam Wood header after just 39 seconds was enough for Wanderers to gain a deserved 1-0 victory over promotion rivals Shrewsbury at Adams Park. The result sees Wycombe leapfrog The Shrews into 2nd place in the table, with Burton remaining in top spot, three points in front of Gareth Ainsworth's side.
Wanderers first home win for five games came after the Wycombe boss was forced into another late change to his side when Hogan Ephraim, named in the starting XI, declared himself unwell minutes before kick-off and was replaced by Sam Saunders. Elsewhere, Nico Yennaris moved to the right-back spot to cover for Sido Jombati, who was reported to have injured his foot in training on the Friday before the game.
Both the Brentford loanees were involved in Wanderers' flying start to the game, Saunders playing the ball out to Yennaris on the right, before the delivery saw Wood power home a header from 12 yards. Wycombe remained the better of the two sides up to the interval but without adding to the scoring. The Shrews' best spell followed the break but Wanderers weathered the storm and finished the game the stronger side and could have added to the winning margin - Paul Hayes stabbed a glorious chance wide of the Valley End goal on 77 minutes, while substitute Aaron Holloway had a massive impact on Wycombe's command of the game and came within the width of the crossbar of scoring one of the all-time great goals at Adams Park, when he turned and twisted on the right flank before flighting in a shot that crashed against the crossbar before being cleared.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Shrewsbury 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "We really performed well, I thought the boys set the bar really high. Two weeks running we've had to change the team after the warm up. That will derail teams but not us and the spirit we have. I've got to give Shrewsbury credit. They came after us and put us under some severe pressure but you're going to get that. I thought we finished the game the stronger. I'm really pleased with a clean sheet and three points. But it means nothing if we can't back this up on Tuesday against Accrington."
Know your history:
Sam Wood’s headed goal against Shrewsbury was the tenth sub-one minute Football League goal for the Wanderers since gaining promotion in 1993. Wood’s goal was clocked at 39 seconds but still had some way to go to beat Jo Kuffour’s whirlwind strike at Northampton in December 2013 – just 13 seconds on the clock before the ball crossed the line at Sixfields.
Just behind Kuffour’s goal is Miquel Desouza’s goal for the Wanderers at Turf Moor in September 1996 – timed at 15 seconds from the kick-off. Desouza’s goal was remarkable for the fact that opponents Burnley kicked the game off before immediately losing possession. Third in the list, and the fastest Football League goal for Wanderers at Adams Park, is Dave Carroll’s strike against Scarborough in November 1993 – Carroll’s 22 second effort setting up a 4-0 victory for Wycombe.
13 seconds – Jo Kuffour v Northampton Town (A)- 21- Dec-2013
15 seconds – Miquel Desouza v Burnley (A) - 14-Sep-1996
22 seconds – Dave Carroll v Scarborough (H) - 02-Nov-1993
31 seconds – Marcello Trotta v Exeter City (H) - 26-Dec-2011
37 seconds – Matt Bloomfield v Notts County (H) - 28-Apr-2012
39 seconds – Sam Wood v Shrewsbury Town (H) - 14-Mar-2015
46 seconds – Steve Brown v Notts County (A) - 12-Apr-1997
46 seconds – Kevin Betsy v Lincoln City (H) - 30-Oct-2010
50 seconds – Simon Garner v Bury (H) - 05-Mar-1994
59 seconds – Kevin Betsy v Mansfield Town (A) - 24-Sep-2005
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