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Wycombe Wanderers - click here for your Rough Guide to The Chairboys Wycombe Wanderers 0 Millwall - visitors on Tuesday
Millwall 0
Tuesday 27th March 2001
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Guy Whittingham - set for home debut - picture Paul DennisA typical Wycombe/Millwall encounter ended goalless on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. After the previous Saturday's embarrassing drubbing at fourth placed Walsall, The Lions provided the perfect test for The Wanderers and they came through with the first clean sheet for 13 League and Cup games. Some of the football wasn't pretty but there was enough determination and commitment on show to prove again that Wycombe can mix with the best in the League.
New signing Chris Marsh made his Wycombe debut following his 30,000 move from Walsall and fellow newcomer Guy Whittingham also made his first start. Those two were the only changes in the Wycombe line-up from Saturday, with Dave Carroll and Roy Essandoh being relegated to the bench.
Millwall dominated for large periods of this game but it came after Wycombe had nearly been gifted an early opening. Lions 'keeper Willy Gueret made a mess of a 'friendly', if not slightly over hit, back pass from Jamie Bates in only the second minute and it resulted in two corners in quick succession. All this came after Andy Rammell had 'collided' with Sean Dyche and referee Clive Wilkes gave a drop ball in midfield.
It prompted a fierce spell of pressure from Millwall. On seven minutes Richard Saddlier weaved in from the right but Martin Taylor made the first of several top draw saves by finger tipping the ball wide of the far post.
Three minutes later Taylor was at full stretch to save a Neil Harris effort from around 20 yards and moments later Harris had a goal ruled out for offside.
Dannie Bulman lobbed an effort over the Millwall crossbar on 14 minutes as Wycombe clawed their way back into the game before the best move of the half on 23 minutes ended with Chris Vinnicombe firing the ball behind from out on the left flank.
Whittingham had two half-chances in the latter stages of the half - first seeing a weak flick header saved with ease by Gueret on 30 minutes and then five minutes before the break he shot straight at The Lions 'keeper after Keith Ryan had set up the ex-Pompey man.
Half-time 0-0
The best chance of the evening fell to Wycombe when Michael Simpson saw a volley from 15 yards blocked by the legs of Millwall 'keeper Willy Gueret after Whittingham had flicked on following good work from both Carroll and Rammell. Carroll had replaced a tiring Ryan at the break and it worked to give Wycombe more creativity in midfield.
But still Wycombe had to rely on Taylor to tip over a Harris shot on the hour mark and later to get down well to push away a David Livermore free-kick.
Wycombe introduced Roy Essandoh and George Clegg in the latter stages while Millwall brought on veteran striker Tony Cottee. For the quiz buffs, Cottee became the first outfield player to play in all four English Leagues in one season after seen spells with Leicester, Norwich and Barnet.
None of the substitutes had much impact on the game and it was left for Taylor to save on the line from Stuart Nethercott's header in the dying minutes to complete the serious action of the night.
Millwall have not beaten Wycombe in four attempts this season and will be glad to see the back of The Wanderers and especially Martin Taylor who was in fine form yet again to frustrate The Lions.
Final Score Wycombe 0 Millwall 0
Wycombe: Taylor, Vinnicombe, Cousins, McCarthy, Bates, Marsh, Simpson, Ryan (sub HT Carroll), Bulman, Whittingham (sub 75 Clegg), Rammell (sub 73 Essandoh)
subs not used: Castledine, Townsend
Yellow Cards: Bulman (foul 19), Marsh (foul 59)
Millwall: Gueret, Lawrence, Ryan, Cahill, Nethercott, Dyche, Neill (sub 76 Ifill), Livermore, Harris (sub 76 Cottee), Sadlier, Reid
subs not used: Warner, Bircham, Tuttle
Yellow Card: Livermore (foul 5)
Referee: Clive Wilkes Attendance: 5,904 (1215 Millwall)
Chairboys Stat File
27th March 2001

Division Two
Played 36
Won 12
Drew 10
Lost 14
Goals For 35
Goals Against 41
Position 15th

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 10
Steve Brown
4
Andy Baird 3
Jamie Bates 3
Keith Ryan 3
Martyn Lee 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Dannie Bulman 2
Michael Simpson 2
Sam Parkin 1
Paul McCarthy 1
Mark Rogers 1
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