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Plymouh Argyle 1
Saturday 28th September 2002
Football League Division Two
Dannie Bulman congratulates Darren Currie after the second goal
Darren Currie - The Wanderers playmaker was recalled to the side against one of his former club's and scored twice.
Darren Currie scored twice as Wycombe registered a much needed 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park. Currie was one of two changes to the side that lost at Brentford the previous week. The ex-Barnet man replaced Steve Brown in midfield while Stuart Roberts was brought into a four man midfield with Roger Johnson returning to the bench to accomodate the 4-4-2 formation.
It was a formation that saw Wycombe dominate for the majority of the match and but for some poor finishing the winning margin could have been wider. Plymouth were largely disappointing having come into the game on the back of a midweek draw with League leaders Cardiff City. On the other hand Wycombe looked keen to impress after a run of four straight League losses. Roberts, in particular, looked on fire and he went close on 14 when he saw a shot blocked after a flick through by Craig Faulconbridge.
Roberts also fired over after 16 minutes before a move down the left saw Chris Vinnicombe centre, Rammell knock back and then Faulconbridge denied by Romain Larrieu in the Argyle goal. Wycombe's breakthrough came in the 28th minute when Roberts cut into the right side of Plymouth box and a trip by Hasney Olofree earned Wycombe a spot-kick. Darren Currie, who spent a short spell at Plymouth, tucked in the penalty to silence the 1,400 Plymouth fans behind the goal.
Rammell could have made it 2-0 moments after the restart but he shot wide from Michael Simpson's through ball. Then on 33 minutes Roberts dribbled in from the left but his final shot was high of the target.
Wanderers best move of the half came on 39 minutes when Simpson moved down the left side of midfield before picking out Danny Senda on the right bye-line. The resulting cross to the far post was met by the head of Rammell who looked certain to score but could only watch in frustration as his effort ended wide of the target.
The visitors had a rare attack three minutes before the break when Lee Hodges' header from the left edge of the six yard area was saved by Martin Taylor following a cross from the right by Martin Phillips. The move proved to be the sign of things to come in the second-half.
Half-time Wycombe 1 Plymouth 0
It was Argyle who enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure following the break with Phillips the main provider from the right wing. Only Andy Thomson's intervention on 55 minutes shut out two goalbound efforts while Hodges headed over four minutes later.
With Wycombe looking more secure at the back it was going to take a wonder strike to get through and so it proved on the hour mark when David Friio won the ball deep in his own half from Simpson and then proceeded to finish the move with a scorching 30 yard effort from out on the left side of the pitch.
Craig Faulconbridge just fails to connect with Danny Senda's cross However, the goal perked up Wycombe and after a penalty claim for a trip on challenge on Currie was waved away in the 64th minute it was Faulconbridge who came within inches of meeting Senda's cross from the right.
Darren Currie about to score Wycombe's winnerThe game finally swung Wycombe's way in the 67th minute when Taylor made a great save from the impressive Friio. Wycombe broke away and forced a corner that Argyle failed to deal with and when Danny Bulman's cross from the right found Currie on the opposite side of the box, the Wanderers' star nipped past his defender before before striking a low shot that cannoned through the 'keeper and into the back of the Valley End net.
Lawrie Sanchez opted to switch to a back five for the closing stages and it was substitute Roger Johnson who made a couple of late headers to keep Argyle at bay. But Wycombe could have added more with Bulman wasting a good opportunity to centre the ball after running though from the left side of midfield. Then deep into the five minutes of stoppage time substitute Richard Harris was left with a one on one from 12 yards but completely mis-kicked his shot before coming with an fraction of scoring as he spun around to have a second attempt.
All in all, an encouraging performance from Wycombe after the recent poor form and one that will give the team some added confidence ahead of the League visit to Colchester United on Saturday 5th October.
Final Score Wycombe 2 Plymouth 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Senda, Thomson, McCarthy, Vinnicombe, Currie, Bulman, Simpson, Roberts (sub 73 Johnson), Faulconbridge (sub 86 Harris), Rammell (sub 77 Devine) subs not used: Ryan, Brown
Yellow Cards: Vinnicombe (30 dissent), Harris (90 time wasting)
Plymouth: Larrieu, Worrell, Coughlan, Wotton, Aljofree, Hodges, Adams, Friio, Phillips (sub 80 Beresford), Evans (sub 73 Sturrock), Stonebridge (sub 72 Keith) subs not: Lopes, McCormick
Yellow Cards: Phillips (52 foul)
Referee: Paul Danson (Leicester) Attendance: 6,708 (Plymouth 1,397)
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