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Wycombe sneak up to 4th place in the table ahead of the home game with Luton on Holiday Monday.
Having brought in Andy Baird for his first start of the season in place of Mo Harkin, Wycombe remained in a 4-4-2 formation but with Jermaine McSporran playing in a floating role between midfield and upfront.
Again an attack minded Wycombe could have taken the lead early on when Lions 'keeper Tony Warner flapped at a Steve Brown corner from the right and Joe Dolan had to be alert to clear Mark Rogers' overhead shot from under his own crossbar. In the 4th minute McSporran sprinted in from the right but Robbie Ryan was able to get in a vital tackle.
The ensuing needle had already started by this point. Paul Moody gave Mark Rogers a wack but the ex-Oxford and Fulham player escaped the wrath of Jamie Bates when he limped off in the 7th minute to be replaced by 17 year old Kevin Brainiff.
Millwall scored from their first attack. Christophe Kinet curled in a free-kick from the right flank and top scorer Neil Harris wasn't picked up as he stopped in to head home. However, Wycombe didn't collapse against a side with a 100% record prior to this game. On 15 minutes Vinnicombe's low ball from the left somehow found its through to McSporran at the far post but 'Jocky' blasted over.
At the other end Paul McCarthy got the faintest of touches to deflect wide a Braniff effort before another Vinnicombe delivery ended with McSporran taking the ball to the right bye-line only for Steve Jones to see his shot closed down.
The game threatened to boil over as first McCarthy was booked for a foul on Harris and then Millwall's Livermore was also shown a yellow card. With the atmosphere really hotting up, Steve Jones was booked for dissent and then Reid got the same for a challenge on Steve Brown. Four minutes before the break Bulman was taken out right in front of the dug-outs and when Bates clattered into Livermore, referee Dowd had to speak to both Managers to try and calm things down. At one point police were called in to try and quell an incident sparked by a supporter behind the Wycombe dug-out throwing the ball at Lawrie Sanchez - thankfully his accuracy was as good as the Millwall forwards.
Half-time Millwall 1 Wycombe 0
Wycombe were level within four minutes of the restart. Brown centered from the left wing, Steve Jones did enough to put off David Tuttle and when the ball came off the back of Bulman's heel, Baird was on hand to smash the ball home from eight yards.
Tuttle played no further part in the game and there was a further set-back for Millwall when Harris had to be replaced. Braniff's 25 yarder a minute later proved to the home side's last serious effort on goal as Wycombe grew in confidence.
In the 65th minute Michael Simpson's cross from the left was met by the head of Baird but the ball hit the foot of Warner's left hand post. The game swung in Wycombe's favour four minutes later. The home fans were calling for a penalty after Bates challenged Braniff but Wycombe cleared down the left, Dolan headed back to Matt Lawrence and the former Wanderer will have nightmares as his efforts to control the ball with his head saw Baird nip in. Baird quickly weighted a low shot that took an age hit the far post but the ball came loose Bulman was first there to convert.
Millwall completely lost the plot at this point. A ridiculous challenge by Livermore on Baird with the referee about six yards away left the official with no option but to show a second yellow card. There was more moaning in the 81st minute when Tim Cahill had the ball in the net but with flag raised well in advance for offside on Braniff there was no serious complaints.
To complete a miserable day for the home fans a two-footed lunge on Vinnicombe by Reid saw another dismissal and Wycombe could have rubbed it in during stoppage time when Danny Senda cut inside on the left but Warner blocked with his legs.
Final Score Millwall 1 Wycombe 2
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