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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Hartelpool United 0
Saturday 26th November 2016
Football League Two
Two goals from Scott Kashket saw Wanderers earn a fourth successive League victory and climb to 6th spot in the table following a 2-0 win over Hartlepool United at Adams Park. The former Leyton Orient man was getting his first League start for Wanderers and took his tally to six goals in all competitions from eight appearances.
Other team news had seen Gareth Ainsworth return Michael Harriman to the starting XI after he missed the 1-0 midweek victory at Newport County with an injury. Sido Jombati, winning goalscorer at Newport, probably thought he was unfortunate to be the player left out at Harriman's expense. Dominic Gape returned in midfield following a one match ban, while Paris Cowan-Hall was missing due to a knock from the Newport game. Marcus Bean was relegated to the bench as a result of the inclusion of Gape and Kashket, while Adebayo Akinfenwa regained his starting spot ahead of Garry Thompson.
Terrier like Kashket opened the scoring on 23 minutes when he turned superbly in the visitors penalty area to convert into the corner of the Valley End net from Luke O'Nien's low cross from the right. The visitors had chances to level but their finishing let them down on at least two occasions. Akinfenwa struck a shot from the edge of the box against the right hand post on 73 minutes before Kashket sealed the victory in the 80th minute when he beat the offside trap to neatly control the ball on the edge of the box before flicking the chance in.
This was a fourth successive victory in the League - technically this was the first time since the three game winning start to the 2015/16 season could be added to the final day victory at Northampton in May 2015. The previous occasion there was four straight League victories WITHIN a season was mid-way through the 2010/11 campaign when a Wanderers side, including Gareth Ainsworth, scored wins over Bury, Hereford, Cheltenham and Hereford - Ainsworth bagging goals in two of those games as Wycombe remained in 3rd spot in League Two under Gary Waddock. Wanderers now take a break from League action with the trip to Chesterfield in the FA Cup on Saturday (3rd December).
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Hartlepool 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I thought the boys took the game to them and the midfield was the absolute engine room. They were all fantastic, allowing my forwards to press up high and giving my defence an easy-ish day. We've always got a threat with Scotty's pace and he can wriggle in and out. It's been a while as he started the first few games and got a few goals. It was great for him to come in and score two goals. It was a team performance and the substitutes have come on and made a big difference.
"It's nice to back up what we did against Morecambe here at home last time out. I think it was convincing as well. We set up to press Hartlepool as they came with three at the back, so we went with three up top as we're not going to sit back and try and defend."
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