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City were gift wrapped a first minute penalty when a hot headed challenge by Jamie Bates on former Wycombe hero Mickey Bell saw referee Andy Hall point to the spot. Top scorer Tony Thorpe teased the shot past Martin Taylor to put the visitors ahead it was a struggle from there on for a Wycombe side with one forced change from the side that drew at Wrexham in the week. Steve Brown started his three match ban following his red card at Reading. That left the way for Martyn Lee to make his first start of the season and he impressed despite the difficult under foot conditions. Dannie Bulman was still missing with his bruised toe while Lawrie Sanchez wants to see triallist Niall Thompson in reserve team action before risking a First Team outing.
After conceding the early penalty, Wycombe were on the back foot until Jermaine McSporran forced a brave block from City 'keeper Steve Phillips in the 14th minute. Four minutes later Lee defied his stature as he got the better of Brian Tinnion down the left side before chipping in an intelligent effort that Phillips did well to tip over. Lee won a free-kick from a similar position in the 23rd minute but Michael Simpson couldn't repeat his effort the previous week against Walsall as he sent the deadball high into the far corner of the Hillbottom Road End stand.
Bates made a timely challenge to put off Simon Clist in the 34th minute but the visitors rarely posed any serious threat to Martin Taylor in conditions that got worse as the game went on.
Wycombe looked like they would trail at the break but finally got back into the game just before half-time when Jason Cousins' free-kick from just inside the Wycombe half was headed on by Paul McCarthy and Andy Rammell popped up to glance a header past the City 'keeper.
Half-time Wycombe 1 Bristol City 1
The goal gave Wycombe a lift and they enjoyed their best spell immediately after the break. Chris Vinnicombe's deep cross from the left had Phillips scrambling to clear while a long range effort from Lee and others by Simpson and Senda also saw the City glovesman react to keep his side in the game. However, all this good work counted for nothing when The Wanderers fell behind to a 70th minute sucker punch. . Simpson and Bates contrived to gift the ball to City down the left side and when Robin Hulbert crossed, Thorpe was there at the far to send a diving head past the on looking Wycombe defence. The goal wasn't without controversy as City were allowed to bring a player back onto the field of play ahead of Danny Senda - a decision that infuriated the Wycombe bench.
It was Wycombe's lack of finishing power and just a little bad luck that cost The Wanderers the chance of getting back on terms. Jermaine McSporran crashed an effort against the crossbar in the 77th minute but 'Jockys' frustration overloaded two minutes later when he was booked for a rash challenge on Hulbert. 'Jocky' will now miss the home game with Bury on 11th November.
The best chance for an equaliser came with four minutes left on the clock when Phillips spilled a cross from the right but Paul McCarthy put the chance high of the open goal. McSporran had another chance thwarted in the dying moments as City greeted the final whistle delight. It was their third consecutive victory at Adams Park and Wycombe's sorry record against the City side of Bristol is now one solitary victory in from nine meetings.
It was a frustrating day for all concerned at Wycombe as the lack of goals
continue to hold back a side that delivered excellent entertainment for the
biggest gate of the season at Adams Park. Amazingly Wycombe remain 6th in the table after this defeat and will have a week's rest before travelling to Swindon on Saturday 4th November..
Final Score Wycombe 1 Bristol City 2
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