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Friday 12th January 2001
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Andy Rammell  - two goals - picture Paul DennisAndy Rammell struck twice in the second-half as Wycombe beat the Hatters for the first time in ten attempts. After a disappointing first-half described by Lawrie Sanchez as "the worst this season", it was a triple half-time substitution by the Wycombe boss that shifted the balance of play to Wycombe.
Sanchez made three change to the side that had drew at Leyton Orient in the week. Steve Brown returned in midfield instead of Martyn Lee, Andy Baird played up front alongside Rammell and Danny Senda played in the right-back slot ahead of Mark Rogers. Matt Brady started his first league game of the season.
Anybody watching the SKY live coverage could have been forgiven for switching channels in a poor first-half. Jason Cousins was lucky to escape a booking for catching Liam George in the 2nd minute but Wycombe could have been ahead a minute later. Michael Simpson sent over a weighted free-kick from the left but Rammell could only toe poke his effort at Mark Ovendale in The Hatters goal.
The home side took the lead in bizarre circumstances after 19 minutes. Cousins twice cleared with his head on the edge of the Wycombe box but when Adam Locke's fierce drive hit the base of Martin Taylor's left-hand post the Wycombe 'keeper could only look back in horror after the ball had hit the back of his head and gone into the net. Taylor saved well from Matthew Spring moments later at his near post as The Hatters enjoyed their best spell of the game.
Wycombe's best effort of the half came in the 35th minute when another Simpson ball from the left was headed back by Rammell but Baird could only hook the ball over the crossbar and into the Wycombe fans behind the goal.
Matthew Taylor's long throw from the right almost embarrassed Wycombe shortly before the break as Douglas took advantage of poor marking and headed against the top of the crossbar.
Half-time Luton 1 Wycombe 0
The triple half-time substitution saw Wycombe a changed side in the second-half. Steve Brown and Matt Brady were withdrawn from midfield and Andy Baird was replaced by Sam Parkin up front. Danny Senda was pushed up front alongside substitute Parkin and Rammell. Senda was replaced at the back by Mark Rogers, while Martyn Lee was introduced into the midfield.
It was from Lee's corner five minutes into the second-half that Wycombe drew level - Rammell powering a header into the far corner of the Luton net after Lee's deadball from the left.
Lee sprayed another delightful pass to Senda two minutes later but rush of blood saw the shot pulled wide on the inviting target. Simpson should also have done better from Cousins' through ball in the 63rd minute but the ball squirmed out of play.
Luton were now looking like a side that had let in 47 League goals before the
game with Wycombe and in the 64th minute that totalled edged one short of 50. Lee cut-out Ovendale's throw and immediately fed Parkin down the left.  The Chelsea player then cut in before powering a low shot from 20 yards that Ovendale could only spill. Senda beat Fraser to the rebound and pushed the ball right to Rammell who took great delight in stabbing the ball home at the far post - comeback complete. From that point on there was only going to one winner and Rammell and Parkin could have added to the score as the travelling fans from Wycombe drowned out a despondent home crowd.
The victory was Wycombe's first success on the road in the League since the 1-0 victory at Port Vale at the end of September and lifted The Chairboys back to 8th place in the table ahead of the Saturday games.
Final Score Luton 1 Wycombe 2
"The worst we've played all season - 1st half" - Sanchez >>>
Wycombe: Taylor, Vinnicombe, Senda, Cousins, McCarthy, Brady (sub HT Lee), Bulman, Simpson, Brown (sub HT Rogers), Baird (sub HT Parkin), Rammell
subs not used: Bates, Harkin
Luton Town: Ovendale, Fraser, Boyce (sub 83 Stirling), Brietenfelder (sub 79 Scarlett), Whitbread, Taylor, Locke, Spring, George, Thomson (sub 72 Kandol), Douglas
subs not used: Holmes, Ward
Yellow Card: Douglas (33 foul)
Referee: Trevor Parkes Attendance: 4,551 (Wycombe 500 approx)


Chairboys Stat File
12th Jan 2001

Division Two
Goals For
Goals Against

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 10
Steve Brown
Andy Baird 3
Jamie Bates 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Dannie Bulman

Sam Parkin 1

Paul McCarthy 1
Michael Simpson 1
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Tue 9th Jan 2001
LDV Vans Trophy
Leyton Orient 0
Wycombe 2

Sat 6th Jan 2001
FA Cup Third Round
Wycombe 1
Grimsby Town 1

Sat 30th Dec 2000
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Northampton 2
Wycombe 2
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