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By then Swindon should have been dead and buried as Wycombe wasted a hat full of chances for the second week running and also played the last thirty minutes against ten men after Town 'keeper Bart Griemink had sent off for deliberate hand-ball just outside his penalty area.
There was more injury problems for Wycombe too as both Chris Vinnicombe and Paul McCarthy limped off with nasty looking ankle injuries.
It was Andy Rammell who fired Wycombe into an eight minute lead when he thundered the ball home after Martyn Lee's corner from the left was only half-cleared by the Swindon defence. It was Rammell's sixth League goal in eleven starts since joining from Walsall in September. Wycombe had survived a brief opening flurry from the home side before taking the lead. Martin Taylor tipped away a seventh minute inswinging corner from former Nottingham Forest striker Ian Woan but Wanderers broke with Rammell setting up Danny Senda but his close range shot was forced away for the corner from which Rammell's wonderstrike broke the deadlock.
Wycombe dominated the remainder of the half. On 17 minutes Michael Simpson's corner from the right saw Paul McCarthy's header at the far post palmed away by Griemink. Two minutes later a run from Jermaine McSporran down the left flank ended with a great block from Griemink.
In midfield a real battle was developing between Rammell and Reeves. Rammell had earlier flattened Antoine van der Linden without punishment and when Reeves seeked to gain revenge, Rammell flaying elbowing not only missed the Swindon player but was also thankfully out of vision of the match officials.
Taylor got down well to save Woan's free-kick from the edge of the 'D' on 24 minutes but the home side rarely threatened while their defence was simply awful. Even Simpson got into the act of missing a goal chance when McSporran's parried shot fell invitingly just a few yards from goal. Sadly for 'Simo' he couldn't direct the ball home at the far post.
It was the injury to Vinnicombe in the 32nd minute that proved to be the turning point of the game. Lawrie Sanchez, watching the opening stages of the game from the stands, came down to join Assistant Terry Gibson on the bench after 'Vinni' fell awkwardly and was left clutching his left ankle. His replacement, Matt Brady, making his first appearance of the season was not a recognised defender and it was an area that Town exploited more and more as the game went on. On the opposite flank Mark Rogers, the only change from last week's defeat to Bristol City, struggled to contain Australian Danny Invincibile.
Half-time Swindon 0 Wycombe 1
There was a scare for Wycombe just three minutes into the second-half. Brady put McCarthy in trouble with a short throw and 'Macca's touch back to Taylor nearly ended in disaster as former Reading striker Martin Williams almost pounced on the loose ball.
Another run from McSporran, this time down the left wing, saw 'Jocky' get the upper hand on Mark Robinson but he tried to stay on his feet when his ankles were clipped and another chance went begging.
The sending off incident followed a through-ball from McSporran. The Swindon 'keeper came out to collect and it was left for the Assistant Referee on the opposite side of the pitch to signal the infringement. A red card may have seemed harsh for the home side but the officials simply applied the rules. Swindon even tried to pull a fast one by bringing on substitute 'keeper Steve Mildenhall without taking a player off - a point that Terry Gibson kindly informed the Fourth Official about. It was three minutes before substitute 'keeper took his place in goal and he was called into immediate action when he saved Martyn Lee's free-kick and then the follow-up header from Danny Senda.
However, from then on Wycombe's one man advantage counted for nothing as Swindon pressed for an equaliser. Even then a last minute chance for McSporran should have wrapped the game up for Wycombe. 'Jocky' broke in from the left but sliced his effort wide with just Mildenhall to beat. That missed chance was made to look even more painful when Reeves bundled the ball into the Town End net to send the home fans in the 5,226 crowd home wild.
Full-time Swindon 1 Wycombe 1
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