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Luton Town 0
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 26th December 2015
Football League Two

Wanderers put in a professional performance to beat managerless Luton Town 2-0 at Kenilworth Road on Boxing Day and climb to 6th in table. Both Wycombe goals came in the second-half through 'old boys' Garry Thompson and Paul Hayes.

Wycombe, unchanged from the side that had beaten Oxford United seven days previous, played out a goalless first-half with The Hatters although Hayes saw a close range effort blocked just before the break, closely followed by Aaron Pierre volleying over a Joe Jacobson corner.

However, Wanderers took the lead six minutes into the second period when Michael Harriman's ball into the box from the right saw Scott Cuthbert stub his clearance and Thompson gobbled up the chance to round Luton 'keeper Mark Tyler and convert from inside six yards before a stunned home end.

There was more misery for the Hatters fans and increased joy for the travelling Wanderers on 66 minutes when Paul Hayes whipped the ball out from the half-way line to Thompson on the right before running forward and connecting with Thompson's resulting cross to head in low from the far edge of the six-yard box. There was no response from Luton who finished the game without a shot on target and drop to 15th in table. Meanwhile, Wycombe's victory was their third consecutive at Kenilworth Road and fourth in total, although Wanderers have yet to beat The Hatters in ten attempts at Adams Park in all competitions.

Full-time - Luton 0 Wycombe 2
Wycombe: Ingram, McCarthy, Pierre, Stewart, Jacobson, Harriman, Bloomfield (McGinn 90+3), OíNien, Wood, Hayes (sub 84 Kretzschmar), Thompson - subs not used: Lynch, Jombati, Rowe, Amadi-Holloway, Udumaga
Scorers: Thompson 51, Hayes 66
Bookings: none
Luton: Tyler; Long, Cuthbert, Okuonghae, Howells, Lawless (sub 71 McQuoid), Lee, Green (sub 71 Guttridge), McGeehan, Benson (sub 71 Marriot), Mackail-Smith - subs not used: Justham; Smith, Musonda
Scorers: none
Bookings: Lee 79
Referee: Mr Dean Whitestone Attendance: 9,676 (829 away)

Gareth AinsworthSpeaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "Iím really pleased with the performance and the result but I donít think anyone could say that we didnít deserve it. The old boys up front will get the headlines today but the 11 that started and the two that came on were all fantastic today. You keep knocking on the door and sooner or later that door opens. There was a bit of fortune when it did but Garry is not going to ask questions. The second one is a veteran one two. Garry has put a great ball in and again giving someone like Paul Hayes a free run is asking for trouble."

With Luton managerless following the departure of John Still, the now obligatory speculation of whether Ainsworth would be in the running for the job at Kenilworth Road was also the subject of media questions. Ainsworth said: "I keep those things very private and people know that with everything. Myself and Andrew Howard, the chairman, are very close. It's great to be linked with clubs and especially clubs like Luton, with all their history and where they are. But I am really happy at Wycombe Wanderers, who put faith in me after a real terrible season, and halfway through the next season. Faith was put in me from the chairman, from the fans, and that's brilliant. I'm very flattered to be linked but I'm really happy at Wycombe Wanderers."


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