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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 5th November 2016
FA Cup First Round
Wanderers battled out a 2-1 victory at 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth to move into the Second Round of the FA Cup and pick up an £18,000 winners cheque in the process.
Team news for Wanderers saw two changes from the side that had drew at Doncaster the previous week - Anthony Stewart returning to the centre of defence in favour of Will De Havilland, while Adebayo Akinfenwa came into midfield for Danny Rowe. Meanwhile, Pompey made five changes to their side that won at Cambridge the previous Saturday.
It was former Pompey trainee Paris Cowan-Hall gave Wanderers the lead in the 27th minute with a close range header but after Gareth Evans equalised two minutes into the second period it looked ever likely the tie was heading for a replay. However, Adebayo Akinfenwa popped up on 84 minutes to loop a header home and restore Wycombe's lead. Wanderers survived a barrage of late pressure from the home side, including four stoppage time corners and all eleven Pompey players in the Wycombe for the final attempt that saw Enda Stevens head wide from close range before the final whistle signalled delight for the Wycombe contingent behind the goal.
Wanderers will be ball No.18 in the draw to be held on Monday (7th November).
Full-time - Portsmouth 1 Wycombe 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I said you can have Monday off as long as you are sitting at home at seven ‘o clock watching the FA Cup draw on TV and Wycombe Wanderers are in it. They have deserved that and earned that. And we look forward to see who we get. It shows what we can do. We can do this in the league, and that's important. I am really proud of the boys, because it was a strong Portsmouth side. I'm really pleased with the result. We came here eight weeks ago, when 4-2 flattered Portsmouth – a refereeing error and a real sloppy goal cost us. We looked dangerous that day, so we knew we could do it again. We always raise our game here, and we did so again."
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