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Notts County 0
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 10th December 2016
Football League Two
Wanderers bagged a seventh straight victory as a 2-0 success at Notts County took Gareth Ainsworth's side to sixth spot in League Two. A subtlety executed header from Adebayo Akinfenwa gave Wycombe the lead on 37 minutes before the home side had Michael O’Connor shown a straight red-card in first home stoppage for a lunge at Paris Cowan-Hall.
Goalmachine Scott Kashket made it 10 goals in as many games for Wanderers when he tapped in on 55 minutes and it was Wycombe who comfortably saw out the game despite seeing Akinfenwa sent-off for a second bookable offence on 77 minutes.
Victory at Meadow Lane came after Gareth Ainsworth reverted back to a more conventional line-up following the midweek win at Millwall in the Football League Trophy. Paris Cowan-Hall coming in for Paul Hayes, the only change from the side that had won at Chesterfield in the FA Cup seven days previous.
Wanderers now host struggling Leyton Orient on Saturday (17th December). Akinfenwa will serve his one match ban for that game but Kashket will have a chance to rub salt into the wounds of the Club that released him at the end of August 2016.
Full-time - Notts County 0 Wycombe 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: ""I am very, very happy with the way things are going. I told the lads that I watched John Sheridan’s interview yesterday and he said they would start the game very strongly. They had a go early on and had a few shots and Jon Stead was a real threat to us but Aaron Pierre really grew into the game against him and won that battle in the end. [Akinfenwa] again was unplayable at times. It is awesome to see. He is playing so well at the moment and the way the lads are playing in this formation is fantastic to see.”
Commenting on the red card for Akinfenwa, the Wycombe boss added: "I want to look at it again on TV but it looked like a clash of heads which I think was an undeserved booking. I do understand the referee has a tough job but I now miss Bayo next week which is a big thing for us.”
Ainsworth had been awarded the Manager of the Month award for November in the days before the game and said: "The amount of people who have said to me you have that curse now, well that was our third win in December so there is no curse for me. In all seriousness, it is everyone who wins the award, not just me. They have to curse all of us and that is a hard thing with the spirit we have got."
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