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Bournemouth 0
Saturday 20th December 2003
Football League Division Two
Keith Ryan's goal got Wanderers on their way Wanderers finally got their first League win under Tony Adams with a confidence boosting 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at Adams Park. The three points lifts Wanderers off the foot of the table as they go into the holiday programme of three games in eight days.
Tony Adams made four changes to the side that had cruelly been beaten at Mansfield during the week. As expected, loanees Steven Taylor and Luke Moore were recalled while Darren Currie and Keith Ryan returned to the midfield in what was an attack minded formation.
Wanderers enjoyed the better chances during what was a fairly uneventful opening 45 minutes but it wasn't until the final minute of the half that the deadlock was broken. Moore was cynically fouled by Karl Broadhurst as the Villa striker homed in on goal from the right and the visitors paid the ultimate penalty when the resulting free-kick was curled in by Currie to the back post where Taylor pulled the ball back from the bye-line for Keith Ryan to fire home through a crowd of players.
Earlier in the half Brian Stock shot high and wide of the target in 19th minute in what was the visitors best chance of the half. At the other end Michael Simpson saw a low shot saved on 23 minutes after Jermaine McSporran got clear down the right wing while six minutes before the break Chris Vinnicombe crossed from the left where Craig Faulconbridge's knock back saw McSporran curl a left footed effort just wide of the right hand upright.
Half-time Wycombe 1 Bournemouth 0
The visitors came out strong at the start of the second period with Warren Feeney going close with a header on 47 minutes, while Steve Williams managed to tip away a Stock 25 yarder on 56 minutes to keep Wycombe's lead intack.
Wanderers then had their best spell of the game. On 63 minutes McSporran's cross from the right was dummied by Faulconbridge but it caught out Currie who couldn't get his shot in. Then on 74 minutes another McSporran cross from the right saw Moore lay the ball across to Currie but again the chance was cleared. The seige continued on 75 minutes when Faulconbridge knocked the ball down to Currie in the penalty area. Currie then played the ball to the left to Moore but Villa youngster took one touch too many and the ball was forced away for a corner.
Wanderers were eventually rewarded with the luxury of two goal lead when the resulting corner from the left delivered by Currie was headed home at the near corner of the six yard box by Moore. It was the 17 year old's first ever League goal and you could forgive the wild celebrations from players and supporters alike although referee Crossley decided Moore deserved a booking for his part. However, nothing could stop Wanderers from thoroughly enjoying this victory where there was never any danger of a last minute spoiler.
Speaking after the game to the press Tony Adams commented "It's lovely for the fans and everybody connected with Wycombe. It's been a long time coming and I'm very pleased for the players who worked really hard today." However, the Wycombe boss says there is still a lot of hard work to be done but there has at least be signs of progress in recent games, adding "I saw a decent performance today, I saw a decent performance in the second-half at Mansfield and a decent performance at Notts County. We are falling forwards. We are trying to grow and the long term success of this Football Club is vital for us." Final Score - Wycombe 2 Bournemouth 0
Wycombe: Williams, Rogers, Vinnicombe, Taylor, Johnson, Currie, Ryan, Simpson, Faulconbridge, McSporran (sub 92 Bulman), Moore (sub 90 Bell) - subs not used: Senda, Mapes, Talia
Bookings: Currie (67 foul), Moore (76 ungentlemanly conduct)
Scorers: Ryan (45), Moore (76)
Bournemouth: Moss, Purches, Carl Fletcher, Broadhurst, Cummings, Elliott (sub 79 Connell), Browning, Stock (sub 79 Thomas), O'Connor, Feeney (sub 68 Hayter), Steve Fletcher - subs not used: Buxton, Maher
Bookings: Broadhurst (45 foul), Stock (73 foul), O’Connor (86 foul)
Referee: Mr Phil Crossley Attendance: 5,205 (819 away end)
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