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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Leyton Orient 0
Saturday 17th December 2016
Football League Two
Scott Kashket scored again as Wanderers equalled a Club record of eight consecutive victories after grinding out a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Adams Park. Kashket, who was kicked out of Orient at the start of the season, bagged his 11th goal in 12 games for Wanderers on 50 minutes when he angled home a low shot from the left corner of the penalty area.
Victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made just one change from the side that had won at Notts County the previous Saturday - Garry Thompson coming in for the suspended Adebayo Akinfenwa. The game was by no means a classic but before by far the biggest crowd of the season at Adams Park, boosted by a £5 a ticket offer, this had the hallmark of a side playing with confidence and able to shut the game out with ease.
The 8th consecutive victory in all competitions equals Wanderers best ever in their Football League history - the previous occasion being towards the start of the 2006/7 season under Paul Lambert. The result keeps Wanderers in 6th place in the table with 34 points from 21 games - ten points behind leaders Plymouth Argyle who Wanderers meet on Boxing Day at Home Park.
The consecutive victory in all competions for Wanderers equals the record set towards the start of the 2006/7 season under Paul Lambert. The previous time there was a greater length run was at the start of the 1992/93 Conference season when Wanderers struck nine consecutive victories under Martin O'Neill.
Looking for longer runs? Towards the end of the 1984/85 Isthmian League season, Wanderers notched up 10 straight wins in all competitions. Another ten match sequence came in the latter stages of the 1982/83 season. During the 1974/75 season Wycombe registered 12 consecutive victories in all comps, starting with the game following the loss at Middlesbrough in a FA Cup Third Round replay and culminating with success in the final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup against Thatcham.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Leyton Orient 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We are in a really happy place at the moment. That was such a tough game and Orient will be up there at the end of the season, make no mistake."
"Scott Kashket will obviously grab all the headlines and rightly so, his finishing is fantastic in the box. However, my back six with the keeper, the defence and Dominic Gape were absolutely outstanding.
“Anthony Stewart produced a brilliant performance and I think Dominic must have covered every blade of grass and these guys allow us to go forward with such guile.”
“We managed, as a team, to keep Scott's feet on the floor, but he actually twisted his ankle on Tuesday and only managed half a session on Tuesday, so there was a slight worry.
“You didn't see any of that today though. The only thing was when he scored he was somewhere else in his head and was had to get him back down to earth very quick. He's just a great guy no airs and graces, who just loves playing football."
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