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Wycombe Wanderers 3
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Football League Trophy - 2nd Round
Wanderers completed a sixth successive victory in all competitions following a 3-1 win at Millwall in the 2nd Round of the Football League Trophy.
Gareth Ainsworth made eight changes to the side that had beaten Chesterfield at the weekend, including giving a debut to Max Muller. Half-time substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa (a former Millwall player) fired Wycombe into the lead from the penalty spot on 51 minutes following a foul on Stephen McGinn but the home side equalised two minutes later when David Worrall squeezed in a shot at the near post.
The tie turned in the 71st minute when former Wanderers loanee Fred Onyedinma saw a penalty saved by Jamal Blackman. Goalmachine Scott Kashket was introduced on 74 minutes and promoted a spell of pressure from Wycombe that saw Garry Thompson net on 84 minutes. The Lions went close to equalising on 89 minutes with a Twardek header but it was Thompson who sealed victory in stoppage time when he tapped in from close-range following an assist from Kashket. Wanderers pick up £20,000 from the win at The New Den.
This was the six successive victory in all competitions for Wanderers - the best run since the 2006/7 season when Wanderers won 8 consecutive games, including League Cup victories over Swansea and Fulham.
The draw for the Third Round (last 16) was a 'free draw, with Wanderers placed away to Blackpool in a tie to played week commencing 9th January 2017. Winners in the Third Round will receive £40,000 in sponsorship money.
Full-time - Millwall 1 Wycombe 3
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I am really proud and it was a well-deserved win as well. There wasn’t a lot in the game but the guys I brought in did very well and the performance was very good, second half especially. Apart from the goal we defended really well and I thought we created as many chances as Millwall, if not more.”
“Once again, Bayo has made a huge impact. He is that focal point and I believe he is playing some of the best football of his career. I am also so pleased for Thommo. He has grafted really hard and got two good goals which have put us in the hat for the next round.
“Max [Muller] handled it really well and he has come through the test. I think we saw some glimpses there of what to expect from him in the future."
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