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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Monday 16th April 2001
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Guy Whittingham - last gasp winner  - Picture Paul DennisWycombe fans had plenty to smile about on Easter Monday after Guy Whittingham struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn all three points from the visit to Ashton Gate, a ground where Wycombe have never previously won.
There was more good news after hearing that both Bristol Rovers and Swindon Town had lost. Wycombe are now 18th in the table with 50 points from 40 games and safety is now firmly in sight.
Wycombe continued with a back four after Jamie Bates cried off with flu on the morning of the game. The midfield remained unchanged from the side that drew with Wrexham - Brown, Bulman, Simpson and Carroll looking to provide chances for a frontline of Andy Rammell and Danny Senda. Senda came in for Keith Ryan who picked up a slight thigh strain against Wrexham. The diminutive Martyn Lee returned on the bench after missing Saturday's game though illness. However, there was an injury set-back for Wycombe when Andy Rammell limped off after just 20 minutes with what looked a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury. Rammell's replacement turned out to be the match winner on a day where simple hard grafting brought the deserved reward.
The victory against City was also due to Wycombe's never say die attitude after Scott Murray had given the home side the lead four minutes into the second-half. Wycombe never stopped running and it was matched by some fanatical support that saw the home fans drowned out for the majority of the 90 minutes. All those efforts were rewarded in the 63rd minute when Dannie Bulman played a inch perfect pass through to Danny Senda on the left flank and the ex-Youth Teamer who celebrates his 20th birthday on Tuesday finished superbly from 20 yards.
The goal gave Wycombe the confidence to search for a winner and Whittingham, Bulman and Steve Brown both had chances to put Wycombe into the lead before the home side responded - Peter Beadle sliding the ball into the side netting on 77 minutes and four minutes later Murray saw a shot deflected against Martin Taylor's post before the Wycombe defence cleared.
Stewart Castledine and Martyn Lee had both come on before Wycombe snatched their last ditch winner. Lee almost scored with his first touch when he forced City 'keeper Steve Phillips to punch away a free-kick.
The winner came when Taylor's long clearance was played on by Bulman and after Joe Burnell got caught in possession, Whittingham took the ball around Phillips before slipping the ball into the empty net.
The expressions on the faces of the Wycombe players, management and fans at the final whistle said it all. Probably relief as much as anything and with Swindon visiting Adams Park on Saturday, there's the chance to seal up safety once and for all and start looking forward to next season.
Final Score Bristol City 1 Wycombe 2
Wycombe: Taylor, Vinnicombe, Marsh, McCarthy, Cousins, Carroll (sub 88 Castledine), Bulman, Simpson, Brown (sub 90 Lee), Rammell (sub 20 Whittingham), Senda
subs not used: Essandoh, Brady
Yellow cards: Bulman (foul 34), Marsh (foul 48), Brown (foul 77)
Bristol City: Phillips, Carey, Bell, Murray, Beadle, Thorpe, Tinnion (sub 73 Maddison), Burnell, Hill, Brown (sub 85 Amankwaah), Clist (sub 65 Hulbert)
subs not used: Brown, Malessa
Referee: W Burns Attendance: 11,643 (Wycombe 500 approx)
Chairboys Stat File
16th April 2001

Division Two
Played 40
Won 13
Drew 11
Lost 16
Goals For 40
Goals Against 48
Position 18th

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 10
Steve Brown
Andy Baird 3
Jamie Bates 3
Keith Ryan 3
Martyn Lee 3
Michael Simpson 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Dannie Bulman 2
Paul McCarthy 2
Sam Parkin 1
Mark Rogers 1
Chris Vinnicombe 1
Danny Senda 1
Guy Whittingham 1
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