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Saturday 2nd October 2004
Football League 'League Two'
Danny Senda - equaliser was his third goal of the season Wanderers came from behind to draw 1-1 with 22nd placed Shrewsbury Town at Adams Park. A lethargic Wycombe went 1-0 down for the fifth consecutive League game when Darren Moss nodded in a corner in the 37th minute. Wanderers improved again after the break and grabbed their point in the 74th minute when Danny Senda turned the ball home from 12 yards following a low cross from the left by Nathan Tyson. Wycombe looked the more likely winners in the dying minutes but had to settle for a result that moves Tony Adams' side down to fifth place in the table.
Adams, who said after the game that this was the worst first-half display in his time at Wycombe, made one change to the starting line-up that had drawn at Cheltenham the previous week - Bolton Wanderers youngster Charlie Comyn-Platt being favoured in a back four with Roger Johnson dropping to the bench.
The game itself took on a familiar pattern as Wycombe struggled to put any real testing efforts at the opponents goalkeeper. Ian Stonebridge stabbed a shot straight into the arms of Shrews 'keeper Scott Howie after 16 minutes following Tyson's cross from the left bye-line. Seven minutes later Comyn-Platt forced Howie to save from a header after Senda had curled in a cross from the right of midfield.
Meanwhile the visitors seemed to be encouraged by some erratic goalkeeping by Frank Talia. The Aussie made a mess of a Stuart Nethercott backpass on 33 minutes to concede a corner. Four minutes later The Shrews were ahead when another corner from the left by John McGrath was headed powerfully past Talia by Moss as he ran in unchallenged towards the near post.
Stonebridge shot weakly at Howie a couple of minutes before the interval to sum Wycombe's lack of finishing prowess during a disappointing opening 45 minutes. Almost immediately at the other end Talia was forced to dive to his right to keep out a 15 yard effort from Richard Logan and prevent the visitors taking a two goal advantage at the break.
Half-time Wycombe 0 Shrewsbury 1
It took Wycombe until around the hour to finally come to life when Stonebridge played a precise through ball to Adam Birchall running in from the left flank. The Arsenal Reserve striker weaved into the box before sending in a shot that flashed just inches high of the goal. Birchall also had the ball in the net on 62 minutes from a similar position when he converted Clint Easton's chipped pass across the pitch but it was ruled out for a marginal offside.
Roger Johnson replaced Gus Uhlenbeek on 69 minutes with Gary Silk moving into midfield. The change signalled a decent spell of pressure from Wycombe and it was rewarded with an equaliser just five minutes later. Again it was Stonebridge who threaded the ball out to Tyson on left and the driven low cross into the box was converted by an advancing Senda from close to the penalty spot.
A flurry of Wycombe corners in the final ten minutes almost brought what earlier would have seemed an unlikely winner but it was not to be and the dropped points brought about the usual post match discussions.
Final Score - Wycombe 1 Shrewsbury Town 1
Speaking in the press conference after the game, Tony Adams said "It was frustrating day for us. We didn't play well first half at all and it was the worst performance I've seen us play. We didn't get the ball down at all. I was very disappointed at half-time. They've given me a positive reaction and given me more attempts than they did against Cheltenham but that doesn't excuse the fact that it took us 45 minutes to get going." The performance was clearly a major concern for the Wycombe boss, Adams adding "We prepare all week and train all week and I want to see some of it on a Saturday. To have so much go wrong is very frustrating. I'm going to have a good look at myself as well and see what direction the team is going in. But I can't fault them for effort. They were fantastic and they are a good bunch of guys."
Wycombe: Talia, Uhlenbeek (sub 69 Johnson), Nethercott, Comyn-Platt, Silk, Senda, Ryan, Easton, Stonebridge, Birchall, Tyson - subs not used: Dixon, Savage, Williams, Reilly
Bookings: Ryan (foul 19), Uhlenbeek (foul 35), Tyson (ungentlemanly conduct 87), Comyn-Platt (foul 88)
Scorers: Senda (74)
Shrewsbury: Howie, Moss, Whitehead, Tinson, Challis, Sedgemore (sub 78 Aiston), Street, Tolley, McGrath (sub 78 Lowe), Rodgers (sub 68 Darby), Logan - subs Not Used: Ridler, Hart
Bookings: Tolley (ungentlemanly conduct 87)
Scorers: Moss (37)
Referee: Trevor Parkes Attendance: 4,634 (away 348)
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