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Saturday 4th October 2003
Football League Division Two
Hooray! Wanderers kept a clean sheet for the first time in five league games as John Gorman took the reigns as caretaker Manager following the dismissal of Lawrie Sanchez the previous Tuesday. Wanderers looked solid at the back with the pairing of Guy Branston and Andy Thomson. However, in an otherwise encouraging performance, it was a familiar tale up front as that crucial touch in front of goal couldn't be found and Wanderers had to settle for a point from a 0-0 draw.
Gorman, with the help of Terry Gibson and Peter Cawley, made two changes from the side that had lost to Tranmere in Lawrie Sanchez's last game in charge - Steve Brown coming in for Charlie Mapes in midfield and Keith Ryan replacing Lewis Cook up front.
After the obligatory histrionics inroducing the new Manager, Wanderers started in encouraging fashion, forcing a couple of early corners and spraying some passes into the danger zone. However, on the wet surface, chances for Ryan from Gavin Holligan went begging and it was the visitors who had the best chance of the half on 35 minutes when Tony Capaldi's cross was volleyed goalward by Jason Bent only to see Frank Talia pull off an impressive full length save.
Half-time 0-0
David Norris also went close for the visitors shortly after the re-start, his shot going wide of Talia's post. But it was Wanderers who had the better chances it what remained of the game. On 50 minutes Brown did well down the right but Ryan lost his footing has the ball came across the front of the Valley End goal. Six minutes later Holligan sent a right footed effort straight at the Luke McCormick in the Argyle goal after a deflection had set-up the opening. Just after the hour a goalmouth scramble in the Arygle penalty area led to nothing, while a minute later Holligan saw another dig at goal blocked.
Richard Harris was introduced for Ryan has the game entered its final quarter and on 69 minutes it was Harris who got himself into a good position after powering through but he tangled up with the ball as the goal approached. Andy Bell was given the final fifteen minutes to try and change things but despite his efforts the game ended in what was probably a fair result but one that sees Wanderers drop to 23rd place in the Division Two table.
Speaking after the game, John Gorman told the press "Today was a day for building and getting a result and we did that against a good side. We very seldom looked like losing and although I probably would have settled for a point before the game, I think with the way the game went we shaded it on play. They always looked a danger though with the type of football they play in hitting you on the break." The Wanderers caretaker boss added "It’s a big job, any job is, but I wanted to come here and all I can do is my best. I’ve spent two days with Terry Gibson and Pete Cawley and even in those two days the lads have responded. They’ve given me respect, they’ve worked really hard and they’ve shown today that they wanted badly to win and that’s all I can ask of them."
Final Score - Wycombe 0 Plymouth 0
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Thomson, Vinnicombe, Branston, Currie, Bulman, Simpson, Brown (sub 88 Cook), Holligan (sub 77 Bell), Ryan (sub 64 Harris) - subs not used: Williams, Johnson
Bookings: Vinnicombe (foul 40)
Plymouth: McCormick, Worrell, Coughlan, Wotton, Gilbert, Norris, Bent, Adams (sub 53 Hodges), Capaldi, Evans, Keith (sub 65 Stonebridge) - subs not used Sturrock, Wayne O'Sullivan, Aljofree
Bookings: -
Referee: Mr Mike Thorpe Attendance: 5,780 (1330 away end)
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