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Tuesday 30th January 2001
LDV Vans Trophy - Third Round
Senda missed chances at The County Ground - picture Paul DennisLDV Vans TrophyWycombe's plans for a money spinning appearance in the final of LDV Vans Trophy were left in tatters at Swindon on Tuesday evening. The Wanderers were always struggling after going two goals down inside the first fifteen minutes - both strikes coming from Gary Alexander. Steve Brown's 37th minute strike from the edge of the box gave hope for the second-half
but in the end Wycombe were left rueing a series of missed chances with substitute Danny Senda going close on at least three occasions.
Wycombe made three changes from the side that had disposed of Wolves in the Cup on Saturday. Gerard Lavin made his First Team debut for Wycombe, replacing the suspended Mark Rogers at right-back, Jamie Bates continued instead of the injured Paul McCarthy and Steve Brown got the nod ahead of Martyn Lee. Saturday's goalscoring hero Sam Parkin's was left out of the squad die to a back strain while Niall Thompson returned on the bench after his spell out through injury.
Swindon, making five changes to the side that had beaten Bury 3-0 the previous Saturday, took the lead in the 2nd minute with a well worked move. Danny Invicibile powered through into the Wycombe area before playing in Alexander. Alexander then played a one-two with Robins Captain Mark Robinson before sliding the ball past Martin Taylor from 8 yards. Despite that early set-back Wycombe countered with efforts from Dannie Bulman and Andy Baird, however, slack defending let in Swindon for their second on 15 minutes. Keith O'Halloran exploited the holes in the Wycombe rearguard before laying the ball right to Alexander whose angled shot took a slight deflection before escaping the despairing dive of Taylor.
With Wycombe's scoring rate this season it was always going to be drag this game out of the fire but eight minutes before the break Brown swivelled neatly on the edge of the Swindon penalty area before directing a low drive that crept just inside Bart Griemink's left-hand post.
Seconds before the break Bulman could have levelled matters but he blasted over from a Jamie Bates' lay back.
Half-time Swindon 2 Wycombe 1
Brown's goal probably prevented some immediate changes in the Wycombe line-up but just before the hour mark a double substitution gave Wycombe a new lift. Danny Senda and Niall Thompson, replacing Andy Baird and Matt Brady. It was Thompson's first game since he limped off against Northampton in December and he struggled to get involved but will claim he lacked the service from a below par Wycombe midfield. Senda will look back on catalogue of missed chances that if converted would have made him the hero of the night. Within three minutes of coming on he found space on the right from Simpson's pass but he didn't have the pace to finish the move. A minute later he was presented with the chance of the game, this time on the left but he choose to shoot at the near post rather than aim across Griemink and the Swindon 'keeper was grateful to save with his legs.
At the other Brown almost scored a spectacular headed own goal on 65 minutes while Alexander missed the best chance to complete his hat-trick when he smashed the ball wide after Simpson had lost out in a 50/50.
A subdued Rammell failed to get enough lift on the ball to beat Griemink in the 73rd minute and five minutes later 'Rambo' saw his cross from the left wasted at the neat post yet again by Senda.
The chances kept coming but you got to feel it wasn't Wycombe's night when Griemink pulled out a top class save to push away Simpson's 20 yarder with eight minutes left on the clock. Wycombe then had a strong penalty claim waved away when a loose Swindon arm blocked a shot. Senda was booked for his comments following this incident and the Wycombe player completed a hectic 30 minutes when he was in the thick of it following Martyn Lee's corner from the left - the ball being cleared off the line. Niall Thompson's attempted overhead kick in the 87th minute turned out to be Wycombe's last assault at goal. Wycombe are now left to concentrate on the League and to savour a FA Cup run that has put this competition into perspective.
Final Score Swindon 2 Wycombe 1
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Wycombe: Taylor, Lavin, Vinnicombe, Cousins, Bates, Bulman, Simpson, Brown (sub 70 Lee), Brady (sub 59 Thompson), Baird (sub 59 Senda), Rammell 
subs not used: Ryan, Westhead
Yellow Card: Senda (83 dissent)
Swindon: Griemink, Robinson, Willis, Van der Linden, O'Halloran, Duke, Invincibile (sub HT Reddy), Alexander, Heywood, McHugh (sub HT Hall), Williams
subs not used: Mildenhall, Cobian, Young
Yellow Card: Willis (80 foul)
Referee: Mike Fletcher Attendance: 3,244 (approx 300 Wycombe)
Chairboys Stat File
30th Jan 2001

Division Two
Played 25
Won 10
Drew 7
Lost 8
Goals For 27
Goals Against 21
Position
12th

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 10
Steve Brown 4
Andy Baird 3
Jamie Bates 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Dannie Bulman 2
Sam Parkin 1
Paul McCarthy 1
Michael Simpson 1
Previous LDV Games
Tue 5th Dec 2000
LDV Vans Trophy 1R
Wycombe 1
Exeter City 0
Tue 9th Jan 2001
LDV Vans Trophy 2R
Leyton Orient 0
Wycombe 2
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