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Saturday 29th January 2005
Football League 'League Two'
Steve Guppy and Steve Claridge celebrate after the final whistle at ShrewsburyA 29th minute penalty won and converted by Nathan Tyson was enough to beat lowly Shrewsbury Town at a muddy Gay Meadow. In a scrappy game of few chances, the penalty award came after Tyson had raced in from the right and forced Town Captain Darren Tinson to foul. Tyson picked himself up to send the 'keeper the wrong way from the spot and put Wanderers ahead. The goal seemed to give Wycombe added confidence and with Danny Senda pushed into midfield from his starting right back position, the winning margin could have been greater. Steve Guppy saw a free-kick tipped over just before the interval, while Dixon went closest to adding a second nine minutes from time when he turned on a ball at the left side of the six yard box but Town had bodies on the goal line to block. There was a scare for Wycombe in the dying moments when a Jake Sedgemore free-kick from deep on the left sailed into the far corner of Frank Talia's net but the home celebrations were cut short as the officials pulled play back for a push on the Wycombe 'keeper. A welcome victory for Wycombe with 40 points now reached with a League record now including six away victories As expected Clint Easton came in at left back to replace the departed Tony Craig while Jonny Dixon made an appearance from the bench following his recall from Aldershot Town. However, prior to Tyson's crucial penalty both sides had been bogged down by the typically muddy surface of the Gay Meadow pitch. It was the home side who looked more likely to score in the opening stages and on 22 minutes Luke Rodgers played the ball over the Wycombe defence to Kelvin Langmead who shot past Talia only to be penalised for controlling the ball with his hand.
Wycombe's opener game slighty against the run of play but eventually proved the catalyst for an improved second-half performance. However, before the half was closed Talia had to be alert to block a Rodgers effort from the right of the box and after Senda had tripped Sam Aiston in the 32nd minute, the Wycombe 'keeper was in the right place to tip over the resulting free-kick from Jamie Tolley. Wycombe meanwhile warned of better things to come when Guppy's free-kick from the right was tipped over at the far post by Scott Howie after Aiston had conceeded a foul for retaliatory action on Senda.
Half-time Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 1
Shrewsbury actually came closest to scoring through a sliced clearance by Mike Williamson a couple of minutes after the restart. The on loan Southampton defender intercepted a Town cross from the left but it seemed to come off his thigh and Talia was thankful to see the ball rebound back off the left hand upright before being collected.
Steve Claridge, who had to endure the now obligatory 'old man' chants from the opposition fans, almost silenced them on 66 minutes with a shot on the turn from the left side of the box but Howie got down to deflect the ball wide. Dixon's brief appearance towards the end of the match saw the former Youth player determined to make an impression and only a block on the line prevented a dream comeback. Hopefully there's much more to come from the 21 year old and Wycombe in general during the remainder of the season.
Final Score - Shrewsbury Town 0 Wycombe 1
Speaking after the game to BBC Three Counties Radio, Wycombe Manager John Gorman was pleased that his side had dealt with the awkward surface, saying "It wasn't pretty today but we actually played some great football. If you look at that pitch today at times our wingers actually passed the ball and our midfield was magnficent. Keith Ryan and Joe Burnell were outstanding and Danny Senda and Gus did a great job going forward. Clint Easton having his first game back had an outstanding game at left-back." He went on to praise other players in what he described as an "almost complete team performance". The Wycombe boss admitted his side were fortunate at time but added "Their chances were from set plays and big 'up and under's and let's be honest they didn't create any good football to get behind us at all," and concluded "Sometimes you need luck, maybe we got a wee bit of luck today but I didn't think they created enough chances to deserve to win. Whatever happened today we needed the three points and we got them."
Shrews boss Gary Peters was not of the same opinion, saying to the Shrews official 'World' service "I was disappointed again because if you look at the chances created we had more chances and they didn't really have a lot of chances. They had a penalty, it probably was a penalty, he's got around the back of us and they get a penalty other than that can you tell me how many times Scott has pulled off great saves? Have they had more possession? I don't even think they had more possession. But we've created three or four, maybe five chances and we don't take them." Peters wasn't happy with the disallowed goal late on too, adding "We've scored a goal and the referee's given it and then changed his mind. I don't know what that was about. I asked him and he said he didn't give it he just delayed it a little bit. It looked like a goal to me. So you need a little bit of luck to go with you as well. Defensive wise we didn't look like we were in much trouble expect for when they got around the back of us with the penalty. They've got some decent players in their side but we dealt with it."
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Williamson, Johnson, Easton, Uhlenbeek, Ryan, Burnell, Guppy, Tyson (sub 76 Dixon), Claridge - subs not used Williams, Stonebridge, Silk, Nethercott
Bookings: Senda (foul 32), Uhlenbeek (foul 87)
Scorers: Tyson (29,pen)
Shrewsbury: Howie, Moss, Tinson, Whitehead, Challis (sub 80 Ashton), Edwards, Tolley, Sedgemore, Aiston, Rodgers, Langmead (sub 63 Darby) - subs not used: Hart, O'Connor, Ridler
Bookings: Aiston (foul 40), Challis (foul 56)
Scorers: none
Referee: N Miller Attendance: 3,884 (approx 200 away sections)
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