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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Tuesday 18th August 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers secured a third consecutive League victory at the start of a Football League season for the first time after Aaron Pierre's 74th minute goal was enough to win at Morecambe.
A sometimes fiery game saw Sido Jombati move to centre-half to partner Pierre after neither Anthony Stewart or Danny Rowe were fit enough to make the squad. Michael Harriman switched to right-back as Gareth Ainsworth juggled his minimal squad. Elsewhere, Stephen McGinn came into midfield in favour of Luke OíNien. Up front, Aaron Amadi-Holloway returning to the starting XI to play a supporting role for Paul Hayes and former Morecambe favourite Garry Thompson.
Pierre's winner came after the centre-half connected with a Joe Jacobson free-kick. It proved the perfect response to the home side's baiting tactics, with the subsequent confrontations after the final whistle a talking point with the media.
Despite the victory, Wanderers drop to 2nd place in the table after Leyton Orient beat Stevenage 3-0 to take the top spot on goal-difference.
Full-time - Morecambe 0 Wycombe 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "Iím really pleased. What a start to the season. Records like that are great. Itís nice to have these things. I didnít tell the boys before the game because I didnít want to put any pressure on them but I said after the game Ďyouíve just become record breakers as the first Wycombe team to win three in a row at the start of the seasoní and you could see the pride oozing out of them. Three wins and we havenít conceded yet which is fantastic for the boys and the defenders while the forwards worked their socks off." Commenting on the performance of Sido Jombati at centre half, Ainsworth said:"He can play anywhere along that backline. Heís a very versatile player, heís cultured on the ball as you would expect from the Portuguese, he reads the game really well and is improving all the time. To get him from Cheltenham a year ago I thought was an absolute snip and to extend his contract by three more years is good business for Wycombe Wanderers." The Wycombe boss added: ďMorecambe is a tough place to come to. We set off at half ten this morning and that is the way it is for us but we make the most of it. We are together and the spirit on the bench is just as good as the spirit on the pitch. Iím really pleased to have the characters Iíve got, the staff Iíve got and the fans weíve got who made it like a home game for us."
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