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Saturday 20th August 2005
Football League 'League Two'
Celebrations after the opening goal against Bury Wanderers cruised to a 4-0 victory over Bury at Adams Park to jump to third place in the table. Wycombe dominated for the vast majority of the game but had to wait until the 37th minute before taking the lead when Roger Johnson volleyed home following a Stefan Oakes corner. The visitors had a brief spell of pressure in the second-half but went further behind on 68 minutes when Tommy Mooney slid the ball past 'keeper Neil Edwards. Nathan Tyson added goals on 74 and 80 minutes to complete the misery for Bury who could have lost by a far greater margin. A downside for Wycombe came with injuries to Joe Burnell (back) and Matt Bloomfield (ankle) with both set to miss the midweek Carling Cup game at Swindon. For Bloomfield there could be an extended lay-off and he will see a specialist next week to determine the extent of the damage.
Manager John Gorman made one change to the side who drew at Oxford seven days previous - Stefan Oakes returning to midfield in favour of Rob Lee. Oakes was heavilly influential in providing numerous crosses from the left flank and also for delivering a seemingly endless flow of corners.
Roger Johnson volleys home Wycombe's first goalWycombe could have been at least three goals to the good before Johnson opened the scoring. Mooney forced a brilliant point blank save from Bury 'keeper Neil Edwards on 18 minutes and moments later Mooney fired over from a similar position. Then on 33 minutes Edwards pulled out another top drawer save - this time forcing away Burnell's downward header. That proved to be Burnell's last serious action of the game as a reoccurence of a back injury forced him off to be replaced by Ian Stonebridge. However, a minute later Wycombe were ahead when Oakes' outswinging corner from the left was volleyed in by Johnson from the edge of the six yard box.
It was a goal that Wycombe richly deserved but the vital second goal was a struggle to come by. Stonebridge had a shot from the right channel saved a minute into the second-half, while Kevin Betsy's shot on the turn three minutes later inched wide of the post. Tyson broke through on the right on 55 minutes but Edwards was down again to deny Wycombe.
Roger Johnson and Stefan Oakes celebrateBury's best spell of the game followed but unlike in previous games, Wycombe's defence coped against a side who were denied a single shot on target throughout the entire 90 minutes. Then after being urged on by a noisey home support Mooney's goal on 68 minutes killed off any hopes of the visitors stealing anything from this game. It came after Bury lost possession in midfield to Mooney who then just managed to squeeze the ball past the advancing Edwards with the ball bouncing kindly into the back of the net.
Wycombe were now in showboat mode and punished Bury with two further goals. On 74 minutes Mooney played in Stonebridge on the left who dragged the ball back into the six yard box where Tyson got the vital touch to send the ball a fraction over the line according to the linesman on the right wing. Six minutes later the Bury defence were caught out again - this time Bloomfield sending a long ball over their heads, Tyson heading forward and then flicking the ball with his left foot past Edwards and into the left corner of the net. Wycombe are unlikely to have many easier League victories this season.
Final Score - Wycombe 4 Bury 0
John GormanSpeaking to BBC Three Counties Radio after the game John Gorman commented, "It was just a wonderful team performance from every single player in a Wycombe shirt today" However, the Wycombe boss added "The funny thing was that the four goals we got were nothing like the play. We deserved a lot more goals from the play we played and in a different style because the goals should have been classics because the football at times was breathtaking."
Not surprisingly Bury Manager Graham Barrow had some harsh words for his side and added about Wycombe via Shakers World, "You have to take a broader view of it really and compare the teams. If you compare them to us, then he's been able to splash out, more in wages than anything and really improve. Where as our budget is the same as it was this time last year. That can be viewed in what ever way people want to view it but I'd like to see one or two of the top managers come down and manage with the kind of budget that I've got to work with." Barlow concluded "I think they (Wycombe) are potential top two, maybe the top team. I think from last year when we saw Yeovil who we more than matched. They have got a little bit more money and are in with a chance."
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Easton, Williamson, Johnson, Betsy, Oakes, Bloomfield (sub 87 Lee), Burnell (sub 36 Stonebridge), Tyson, Mooney (sub 81 Dixon) - subs not used: Williams, Nethercott
Bookings: none
Scorers: Johnson (37), Mooney (68), Tyson 2 (74,80)
Bury: Edwards, Hardiker, Kennedy (sub HT Newby), Scott, Challinor, Fitzgerald, Mattis, Flitcroft, Whaley, Barry-Murphy, Smart - subs not used: Barlow, Sedgemore, Woodthorpe, Dootson
Bookings: Hardiker (foul 1), Challinor (foul 28)
Scorers: none
Referee: Mr J Singh Attendance: 4,421 (164 away end)
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