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Wycombe Wanderers 3
West Ham United 0
Tuesday 4th October 2016
Football League Trophy
Wanderers eased into the Second Round of the Football League Trophy following a relatively effortless 3-0 victory over a youthful West Ham side at Adams Park. The West Ham side youngsters were beaten 4-2 in their opening group stage game at Coventry, while Wycombe beat Northampton 3-0 at Sixfields and knew that victory would virtually guarantee a place in the knockout stages.
Wanderers were required to name six 'First Team' players in the starting XI and made six changes from the starting XI that had beaten Exeter at Adams Park the previous weekend - Scott Kashket getting his first start having netted twice as substitute in the 5-1 League win over Crewe the previous Tuesday.
Wanderers opened the scoring on 7 minutes when skipper for the night, Adebayo Akinfenwa, drifted into the box to head home a free-kick floated in from the right wing by Sam Wood.
Wycombe doubled their lead two minutes into the second-half via a slick finish from Scott Kashket. The Leyton Orient castoff picked up a through ball from midfield before running onto to goal and slipping the ball low into the left corner of the Valley End net.
West Ham responded briefly when Hector-Ingram headed across the face of the Wycombe goal on 57 minutes. While Marcus Brown drew a save at the left hand post from Jamal Blackman just after the hour mark. However, Wanderers completed their comfortable victory over the youngsters from East London when Nick Freeman showed he could turn on the individual control, weaving past the Hammers defence before firing right footed past Howes from just inside the box.
Wanderers now complete their group stage games with a home meeting with Coventry City before awaiting the draw for the knockout stages - with the tie due for week commencing 5th December 2016.
Full-time - Wycombe 3 West Ham 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I did no homework at all – there were some names I had heard and some I'd never heard of. I did do a bit of digging, but it was about what we done tonight, and I thought we worked out how to win the game and deserved it."
“It's money for the club and game time for those who haven't been playing. They had been hampered by international call ups, and they had some good moves and chances, but we could have won by a few more if the finishing had been up to scratch."
“We knew what we had to do and did a professional job. It was a mismatch at times as they had 17 and 18 year olds out there. I remember being that age and scrapping against men who had been around for a long time, and it's tough, but you have take the lesson and learn from it."
“Lads like Scotty and Nick are only a few years older, so it was pleasing to see some of our youngsters scoring. With Danny Rowe and Will de Havilland too were weren't a million miles away in terms of ages, but the experience of some of our players shone through."
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