Wanderers went through to the Southern Area Quarter-Final of the LDV Vans Trophy with a deserved 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came in the 4th minute when a Danny Senda pass from the right of midfield split the Swansea defence and Adam Birchall finished in style with a low shot into the left corner of the net. It was Birchall's third consecutive goal in games at Adams Park and his form in those games will increase the possibility of the Arsenal loanee earning a permanent contract with the Wanderers.
|Swansea City 0
2nd November 2004
LDV Vans Trophy - Second Round
The result came against a relatively strong Swansea line-up. The Welsh side made just two changes from the XI that had drew at home to Grimsby three days earlier, Alan Tate and Bradley Maylett getting starts ahead of Andrew Gurney and Leon Britton. Meanwhile, Tony Adams made five changes to the side that had lost to Darlington the previous weekend. Gary Silk returned from suspension to replace Gus Uhlenbeek, Roger Johnson came in for Stuart Nethercott, Matt Bloomfield replaced Joe Burnell, Youth Teamer Russell Martin was exchanged for Keith Ryan and Zema Abbey was given a run up front instead of Nathan Tyson.
Birchall's goal was the perfect start for a Wanderers side without a League win in eight attempts. After the goal the visitors were rarely let in by the Wycombe defence although top scorer Lee Trundle got clear of his man a couple of times towards the close of the first half but on both occasions Frank Talia was equal to the shot. Before then a curling 15th minute cross by Bloomfield from the right was headed back past the goal and wide of the near post by Abbey, while a neat exchange in midfield on 24 minutes ended with Senda shooting into the arms of 'keeper Willy Gueret. There was also nearly a bizzare own goal on the stroke of half-time when Alan Tate volleyed the ball back from 25 yards and just inches past the far post of the Valley End goal.
Half-time Wycombe 1 Swansea 0
The Swansea fight-back never materialised in the second-half and it was Wycombe who went to create the better chances. Russell Martin, who more than held his own in midfield, shot from distance on 68 minutes but saw his effort held by Geuret, while ten minutes later Senda's free-kick from just left of centre was kept out at the foot of the post before Abbey blasted over with the goal at his mercy.
The visitors did finally get the ball in the net around the 80 minute when Trundle connected with a through ball but the flag had long been raised for offside. On 85 minutes Ian Stonebridge almost broke his goalscoring drought when he sent a weighted chip over Gueret's head from the right channel only to see the ball come back off the crossbar. The final significant incident of the game came in stoppage when Tyson and Monk clashed. Tyson was pulled up by the referee for shirt pulling but was involved in a tussle with the Swansea player and as a result both players ended in the book. Moments later the final whistle had blown, sending Wycombe through to Area Quarter-Final for the second season running.
Final Score - Wycombe 1 Swansea City 0
|Wycombe: Talia, Silk, Johnson, Williamson, Craig, Senda, Bloomfield, Martin, Birchall, Stonebridge, Abbey (sub 87 Tyson) - subs not used: Uhlenbeek, Ryan, Dixon, Williams
Bookings: Birchall (not retreating 31), Craig (foul 46), Tyson (dissent 92)
Scorers: Birchall (4)
|Swansea: Gueret, Ricketts, Austin, O'Leary, Martinez, Tate (sub HT Iriekpen), Forbes, Monk, Trundle, Maylett (sub 69 Britton), Connor (sub 57 Nugent) - subs not used: Murphy, Fisken
Bookings: Martinez (foul 35), Tate (foul 51), Monk (ungentlemanly conduct 92)
|Referee: K Stroud
||Attendance: 1,012 (away end 125)
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