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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Cheltenham Town 1
Saturday 11th April 2015
Football League Two
Goals from Aaron Pierre and Alfie Mawson helped Wanderers to what could be a crucial 2-1 victory over bottom club Cheltenham Town at Adams Park. With all the other clubs in the top five winning, Wycombe remain third in the table with four games left to play. This victory came after two straight defeats for Gareth Ainsworth's side and where the Wycombe boss made one change to the side that had slipped to a 1-0 defeat at leaders Burton Albion the previous Monday - Sam Saunders returning in a more attack minded midfield in place of Marcus Bean.
Wycombe were dominate from the off but it took until the 20th minute for visiting 'keeper Trever Carson to be tested - the former Bury man reacting quick to stick out an arm at the near post to block a Fred Onyedinma shot on the turn. Then on 30 minutes stand-in right back Nico Yannaris smashed an effort from 20 yards that struck the underside of the bar before bouncing down and out of the goal. The ball looked to have gone fractionally over the line but the officials were not in a position to see clearly and waved play on. The frustration continued for Wycombe when ever-present Joe Jocabson was injured in a 50/50 challenge with Jordan Wynter on 38 minutes. Some prolonged treatment saw the Wycombe defender continue briefly before being replaced on 43 minutes by Peter Murphy.
It was in eight minutes of first-half stoppage time that Wanderers took the lead - a driven Saunders corner from the right seeing Pierre chest the ball down on the far left edge of the box before beating his man and striking home through a crowd of players. It was no less than Wycombe deserved but the visitors were allowed back in the game on 53 minutes when Paul Hayes attempted a back-heel clearance close to the right edge of the Wanderers box. The ball fell straight to Durrell Berry who managed to find the back of the net with a low shot in the opposite corner of the net.
However, thoughts of Wycombe throwing the points away were dispelled within two minutes when a corner swung in from the left saw Mawson out jump everybody and power home a header from six yards. Saunders went close to giving Wycombe a two goal cushion when he shot just wide on 68 minutes but there were no further goals and thankfully no further scares in front of their own goal for Wycombe fans to worry about. However, late knocks to both Mawson and Aaron Holloway will give Wycombe injury concerns ahead of the next game - home to Exeter City on Tuesday (14th April) at Adams Park.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Cheltenham 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "ďI wanted to push an attacking formation today. Marcus Bean does a sitting job, a quite defensive job away from home and heís great at that. At home I thought we needed to really attack them. I felt in the first half we did that, and in the second half as well but they put on pressure with the wind. I thought my front three, six at times, were outstanding with the pressing they did and their work rate. Samís only trained one day this week so it was a brave decision by himself and by his manager to put him in. It paid off, it doesnít always go like that but itís nice when it does." He added:"After two defeats, that I personally believe were very harsh with decisions going against us, it was important to get back to winning ways, especially at home. Great character from the boys, the boys have given everything. Weíve got a few knocks which isnít great. The next three weeks are going to stretch us, but if they show spirit and character like they have done today then Iíve told them they will win every game."
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