All the news stories from February 2018
WYCOMBE 0 COVENTRY 1|
(Tuesday 27th February 2018)
On quite possibly the coldest ever match day at Adams Park, Wanderers sufferred League defeat for the first time in more than 12 months as Marc McNulty's 84th minute was enough for visitors
Coventry City to snatch a 1-0 victory. Only the undersoil heating enabled this game to go ahead on an evening where temperatures were well below freezing throughout the 90 minutes. Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that capitulated at home to Morecambe the previous weekend - Dann Scarr, Marcus Bean and Nathan Tyson returning the starting XI in favour of Nathan McGinley and Matt Bloomfield, Craig Mackail-Smith. Chances for both sides became less as the game progressed and reports suggested the temperature had fallen to minus 8 degree celcious by the time Adam El-Abd was adjudged to have fouled Tom Bayliss in the box on 82 minutes. McNulty firing home the resulting spot-kick to inflict defeat on Wanderers. The result meant Wycombe stayed third in the table with 62 points and 11 games remaining.
4th placed Notts County were a point behind on the same games played as Wanderers. 5th placed Mansfield sit two points behind Wanderers, with a game in hand, but are now looking for a new Manager following the resignation of Steve Evans, along with assistant Paul Raynor. Evans and Raynor have since joined Peterborough United.
Final Score: Wycombe 0 Coventry 1
WYCOMBE 2 MORECAMBE 4|
(Saturday 24th February 2018)
Wycombe suffered defeat in the League for the first time in 2018 after going down 4-2 at home to bogey side Morecambe. The Lancashire side came to Adams Park in 22nd place in the table but with two League victories from the previous three visits and having beaten Wycombe at The Globe Arena in the reverse fixture in November 2017. But there was nothing to predict their scoring exploits in this latest meeting. The Shrimps opening the scoring on 3 minutes and had raced into a 3-0 by the break due with pantomine villain Kevin Ellison responsible for the two of the goals just a day after his 39th birthday. It got even worse for Gareth Ainsworth side on 52 minutes when Gregg Wylde was allowed to cut in from the right to make the scoreline an incredible 4-0 to the visitors. However, even at that stage an unchanged Wanderers side from the one that won at Cheltenham seven days previous, were still creating chances and when substutute Nick Freeman fired home a low shot on 65 minutes there was a glimmer of hope. However, Luke O'Nien's strike to make it 4-2 on 84 minutes was too late in the day. The reverse moved Wanderers back to third spot in the table after Accrington climbed to 2nd with a 1-0 victory over Cambridge. Leaders Luton Town needed a 92nd equaliser to snatch a 2-2 home draw with Cheltenham Town. Wanderers entertain 9th placed Coventry City on Tuesday (27th February 2018).
Final Score: Wycombe 2 Morecambe 4
CHELTENHAM 0 WYCOMBE 2|
(Saturday 17th February 2018)
Wanderers moved up to 2nd place in the 'League Two' table as they beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 at Whaddon Road and extend their unbeaten run in the League to eight games. All the damage was down in the closing minutes of the first-half. On 40 minutes a long clearance from former Town 'keeper Scott Brown saw Adebayo Akinfenwa knock the ball towards the left bye-line where Craig Mackail-Smith turned and beat his man before returning the ball to Akinfenwa - 'The Beast' showing his goal instincts again as he turned with back to goal and shot under the 'keeper. Then in first-half stoppage time Akinfenwa provided the assist on the edge of the 'D' for Paris Cowan-Hall to angle a low shot past Scott Flinders in the home goal. The home side responded briefly in the second-period but failed to seriously test Brown and it was Wycombe who had the best chance for another goal when Luke O'Nien saw an 82nd minute effort saved to the right of the 'keeper. The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had beaten Swindon Town the previous Tuesday - Nathan McGinley and Matt Bloomfield returning to the starting XI in favour of Dann Scarr and Marcus Bean (both of whom dropped to the bench). Next for Wanderers - the visit of 22nd placed Morecambe to Adams Park on Saturday 24th February.
Final Score: Cheltenham 0 Wycombe 2
WYCOMBE 3 SWINDON 2|
(Tuesday 13th February 2018)
Adebayo Akinfenwa scored an 89th winner at Adams Park as Wanderers registered another 3-2 victory - the victims this time Swindon Town in another thrilling encounter. The match had started in whirlwind fashion when Marc Richards netted in the 2nd minute from close range after Matt Taylor's initial shot had been parried by Scott Brown. But a Luke O'Nien strike from the edge of the box levelled the score within the next minute and with Wycombe on a high, in the 10th minute Craig Mackail-Smith managed to turn in Paris Cowan-Hall's ball across the face of the goal from the left. The visitors fought their way back into the game and drew level on 61 minutes through a bullet-like 35-yard free-kick by Taylor that flew into the top left corner of the Wycombe net. Akinfenwa looked to have restored Wycombe's lead on 77 minutes when he dived to headed home from 6 yards but the 'goal' was ruled out for an infringement. However, Wycombe, and Akinfenwa, were not to be denied when from an almost indentical position as his disallowed effort, The Beast, got his head to Dominic Gape's cross in from the right and see the ball go in off the underside of the crossbar. Wanderers have now gone seven League game unbeaten, including six victories. Cheltenham away next up. The attendance v Swindon - 4,863 (1,012 away) - was the biggest Tuesday night crowd at Adams Park since 5,540 (1,500 away) against Charlton Athletic in 'League One' on 25th October 2011.
Final Score: Wycombe 3 Swindon 2
EXETER 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 10th February 2018)
Marcus Bean netted again as Wanderers salvaged a 1-1 draw at 6th placed Exeter City. Wycombe drop to third place in the table after Accrington continued their good form with a 2-0 victory at Coventry. However, their were favourable results elsewhere with 4th placed Notts County losing at Barnet and leaders Luton held at Stevenage. The draw at the semi-building site St James Park came after Lloyd James had given the home side the lead on 12 minutes when his free-kick from wide out on the left-wing found its way through a crowd of players, past a wrong footed Scott Brown, and into far corner of the Wycombe net. Bean netted on 53 minutes, turning in a loose ball from the right side of the box after a long punt from Brown was not dealt with by The Grecians defence. Wycombe host 5th placed Swuindon Town on Tuesday (13th February 2018).
Final Score: Exeter 1 Wycombe 1
MANAGER OF THE MONTH FOR GA|
(Friday 9th February 2018)
Gareth Ainsworth was named 'League Two' Manager of the Month for January 2018 when the monthly awards were announced on Friday morning. The honour came following four League victories during January, including thrilling 3-2 vicotories at both Crewe and Luton. The judging panel comprised of former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford. The Wycombe boss commented: "This award is for the boys really. The manager picks the team and they go out there, but once they cross that white line, they do the job, so I’m really proud of the boys. We’re on a good run at the moment and I couldn’t do it without them".
LINCOLN AWAY TO BE RE-ARRANGED|
(Tuesday 6th February 2018)
Wanderers' 'League Two' meeting at Lincoln City scheduled for Saturday 7th April 2018 will need to be re-arranged after The Imps secured their place in the Final of the Football League Trophy on Sunday 8th April. It will be Lincoln's first ever trip to Wembley and came after they beat a Chelsea U21 side in the semi-final at Sincil Bank. The tie had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes but the home side secured their day out at Wembley with a 4-2 spot-kick victory. They will meet the winners of the Yeovil v Shrewsbury semi-final tie arranged for Tuesday 27th February.
O'NIEN RED CARD APPEAL REJECTED|
(Tuesday 6th February 2018)
The Club's appeal against the red card Luke O'Nien received in the 4-3 victory over Carlisle was rejected at a FA hearing on Tuesday aftenoon. The Wanderers midfielder will now serve a one match ban for the trip to Exeter City on Saturday (10th February 2018).
WYCOMBE 4 CARLISLE 3|
(Saturday 3rd February 2018)
Marcus Bean scored his first goal for Wanderers as Wycombe secured one of their most memorable victories ever seen at Adams Park. With 90 minutes played against Carlisle United, Wanderers were trailing 3-2 and playing with ten men due to Luke O'Nien's second-half dismissal for deliberate handball. In the third minute of stoppage time Craig Mackail-Smith's sweeping cross from the left wing saw Paris Cowan-Hall send a flying header into the back of the Valley End net to level the scores at 3-3. A shell-shocked Carlisle side then saw Matt Bloomfield's 96th minute free-kick from the left of midfield headed out of the box to Bean who struck a right-footed volley into the far left corner of the net. In a split second panamodium broke out amongst the Wycombe contingent in the stands and pitch alike. Bean, having scored his first goal in more than 100 games, set off on a pitch length sprint that will go down as one of those iconic moments in the proud history of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. Victory over Carlisle had come after Ainsworth had one change to the side that won at Luton Town the previous Tuesday - Matt Bloomfield coming in for loanee Tafari Moore who sustained a head injury in the game at Kenilworth Road. Bloomfield had given Wanderers the lead in the 28th minute, while O'Nien doubled the lead three minutes later to set Wycombe on the way to what appeared to be a comfortable victory. O'Nien saw red when his handball on the line preventing a goalscoring opportunity and Grainger netted from the resulting spot-kick. Wanderers imploded within two mad second-half minutes - conceding on 68 and 70 minutes to trail 3-2. It all seemed doom and gloom for Wanderers as the game petered out and the clock showed 90 minutes but the team had other ideas. From the point of defeat and a fall to 6th place in the table, Gareth Ainsworth's side had clocked up their 5th straight League win - keeping them in 2nd place in the table ahead of the trip to 6th placed Exeter City on Saturday 10th February 2018.
Final Score: Wycombe 4 Carlisle 3
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