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Wycombe Wanderers 5
Crewe Alexandra 1
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Football League Two
Wanderers' registered their biggest margin of victory in a League game for three and a half years, with a scintillating 5-1 drubbing of Crewe Alexandra. Sam Wood, Paris Cowan-Hall, Dominic Gape and two goals from substitute Scott Kashket sealed the biggest League win since beating York City 4-0 in February 2013 and the first five goal total since Hartlepool were demolished 5-0 in February 2012.
Boosted by the return of Joe Jacobson from injury, plus Paris Cowan-Hall and Danny Rowe freshening up the starting XI, Wycombe got their goal scoring frenzy underway on 19 minutes when Paul Hayes latched onto Cowan-Hall's flicked header from just over the half-way line to narrowly beat the offside trap. Hayes darted down the right wing and into the corner of the box before sensibly opting to square the ball to Sam Wood, who side-footed home from 12 yards with just the 'keeper to beat.
There was no real sense of a thrashing on the cards for the visitors at this stage. Indeed Jamal Blackman had to be alert on a couple of occasions to protect Wycombe's lead - a 38th minute tip away from a Dagnall effort being a key moment. Two minutes later, Wanderers were 2-0 to the good. A throw from the right found its way to the far side of the Crewe box where Wood nodded it back for Hayes to head on and then Cowan-Hall to send a crafted flying header into the back of the net from around 10 yards.
Wanderers third goal on 43 minutes was perhaps the pick of the night. Jacobson showed good control in midfield before slipping the ball through to Southampton loanee Dominic Gape who turned his defender inside out before pulling the ball from his left foot to his right and then curling a shot inside the right-hand post.
Crewe were shellshocked and any thoughts of the most unlikely of comeback's were crushed within six second-half minutes. Scott Kashket was introduced as a substitute on 62 minutes and had found the net within sixty seconds - running onto a through ball down the left channel as Crewe 'keeper Ben Garratt made a suicidal rush from his goal, leaving the former Leyton Orient player to angle the ball into a virtually empty net - defender Zoumana Bakayogo only helping the ball over the line.
The fifth nail in Crewe's coffin came on 69 minutes with a break down the right wing, the centred ball eventually falling to Wood, who saw his effort crash against the Valley End crossbar. Gape attempted a placed shot from the rebound that fell outside the box but Kashket was standing conveniently around the penalty spot mark to wrong foot the 'keeper and ripple the oppostion net for a fifth occasion.
Crewe's consolation came a couple of minutes later when a free-kick from the left saw Blackman's punched clearance fall to Daniel Udoh, whose shot was blocked before Cooper side footed home another Wycombe clearance. It was far too little, too late and it was Wycombe who looked more likely to add to the scoreline.
Full-time - Wycombe 5 Crewe 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We've had some tough times lately. We're at the wrong end of the table, I know that. I'll be doing everything I possibly can to build on this. One result doesn't make a season."
"I'm just really pleased we've got a win. But I won't get carried away. I didn't get too down when we got beat 4-1 (by Luton), I'm not going too get carried away when we win 5-1. I want to get ready for Exeter now and back this up. The fans were great, hopefully we've put a few more on the gate for Saturday and this club can start moving up the table. The second half of the season, I'm expecting to be stronger."
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