Wanderers missed chances in front of goal as they lost 2-0 at The County Ground and returned to the bottom of the Division Two table. With all the pre-match speculation surrounding whether John Gorman would get the Manager's job on a full-time basis, the former Swindon Manager fielded an unchanged line-up to the one that had performed so well at Hartlepool seven days previous. However, this performance will raise all the usual questions. After a shakey start from the Wanderers it was on loan Portsmouth striker Deon Burton who opened the scoring for the home side after ten minutes when he got in front of Guy Branston following Tom Mooney's through ball. Wanderers did respond but were left rueing missed chances from Gavin Holligan, Jermaine McSporran, Steve Brown and Andy Thomson before the break.
Swindon Town 2
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 1st November 2003
Football League Division Two
Wanderers first opportunity came in the 14th minute when Darren Currie's free-kick was headed down by Thomson only for Holligan to send the ball wide with the goal at his mercy. Five minutes later McSporran turned and hit a shot following another free-kick but Town 'keeper Rhys Evans saved. Thomson headed over shortly afterwards as the chances continued to come Wycombe's way. McSporran was denied again by Evans on 25 minutes while Brown's shot on 37 minutes saw Evans gather with ease. Six minutes before the break Thomson headed wide from a Currie but Wanderers were nearly victims of a sucker punch as half-time approached when Evans' long clearance found Burton and the former Derby County man sent a dipping shot just high of Talia's crossbar.
Half-time Swindon 1 Wycombe 0
Andy Bell was introduced for Holligan following the interval but it was defender Chris Vinnicombe who had Wanderers' next chance when his long range effort was pushed wide by Evans within a minute of the restart. However, it was Bell who did well to get the ball to McSporran on 58 minutes but Wanderers' form in front of goal was summed up when 'Jocky' put the ball high of the target from close range.
It proved to be Wycombe's final chance to draw level. Mooney saw a header dissallowed for offside on 59 minutes and then after former Wanderers loan striker Sam Parkin had been introduced as a substitute for Town it was Stefani Miglioranzi who sealed the points for the home side on 67 minutes - his 18 yard effort appearing to catch Frank Talia out of position. Wycombe never recovered and finished the game well beaten and with a spanner seemingly thrown in the works with regards to John Gorman claiming the Wanderers hotseat on a permanent basis. Gorman will take charge of the team for one more time as Caretaker boss for the midweek visit to Plymouth in the LDV on Tuesday 4th November. By the time Swindon visit Adams Park on Saturday 8th November in the FA Cup, his fate will be known.
Final Score - Swindon 2 Wycombe 0
|Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Vinnicombe, Thomson, Branston, Currie (sub 77 Ryan), Brown (sub 66 Roberts), Bulman, Simpson, Holligan (sub HT Bell), McSporran - subs not used: Mapes, Williams
Bookings: Brown (foul 43), Branston (foul 50)
|Swindon: Evans, Gurney, Nicholas, Heywood, Robinson, Duke (sub HT Reeves), Lewis (sub 87 Howard), Miglioranzi, Hewlett, Mooney, Burton (sub 66 Parkin) - subs not used: Ruster, Griemink
Bookings: Reeves (foul 52)
Scorers: Burton (10), Miglioranzi (62)
|Referee: Mr Alan Butler
|Attendance: 5,681 (561 away section)
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