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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Crawley Town 0
Monday 28th December 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers made it three consecutive wins so far in the holiday period after a 2-0 victory over Crawley Town at Adams Park lifted Gareth Ainsworth's side to 5th spot in table at the half-way stage of the season.
The latest win came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had won at Luton Town on Boxing Day - Sido Jombati, Steven McGinn, Max Kretzschmar and Aaron Amadi-Holloway coming in for Joe Jacobson (rested), Matt Bloomfield (rested), Garry Thompson (to bench) and Paul Hayes (to bench).
Meanwhile, Crawley had been delayed in arriving at Adams Park after getting stuck on the M25 in traffic and then attempting a detour through Marlow. They arrived at the ground at around 20 minutes before kick-off and as a result, the kick-off was delayed by a few minutes.
If their late arrival had been unsettling, it was Wanderers who took advantage, taking the lead on 7 minutes when Town failed to deal with a huge forward header from Aaron Pierre deep in the Wycombe half, and Kretzschmar was alert enough to head the ball down and nick the ball past Callum Preston in the Crawley goal from 12 yards.
Crawley rarely had anything to offer in reply but a second goal was always needed as a cushion. Sam Wood had the best chances to double Wycombe's lead, seeing a first half effort cleared off the line and then firing wide on 85 minutes just moments after hearing he had been awarded the Man of the Match over the PA system. However, his reward came in the final minute of normal time when late debutant substitute Jermaine Udumaga played a neat through ball down the left for Garry Thompson to dink over cross that Wood headed home at the far post and confirm a deserved three points.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Crawley 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "ďIt wasnít a classic by any means today, but I think you have games like Oxford or Luton and you canít keep having these big games. They came with a plan today and we got sucked into it a little bit. We didnít really create too many chances and Crawley didnít really either. They were a little bit late arriving and the boys were aware of that and we made sure we took advantage. The goal early on was a little bit of a buffer for us because as I said we didnít create too much after that." The Wycombe boss was also pleased with the way squad members had come into the side following the game at Luton two days previous. "The four changes were for the older statesman from Saturday (Paul Hayes, Garry Thompson, Joe Jacobson and Matt Bloomfield) and I am pleased we managed to win the game. It showed the strength in depth that we have in the squad and some of the boys came in and opened my eyes."
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