Wanderers' inability to turn greater possession and the better chances into victories came home to roost again in an incident packed and entertaining 3-3 draw at Stockport County. Nathan Tyson bagged a hat-trick and Wycombe should have been celebrating their first ever victory at Edgeley Park having lead on three occasions. The missed chances were made to look costly when an 80th minute penalty conceded after a rash challenge by Frank Talia on Matt Hamshaw allowed Jermaine Easter to convert from the spot.
Stockport County 3
Wycombe Wanderers 3
Saturday 10th September 2005
Football League 'League Two'
Team news for Wycombe saw John Gorman make one change to the side that had drawn with Northampton Town the previous Friday - Rob Lee coming into midfield in favour of Ian Stonebridge. Elsewhere, Matt Bloomfield returned on the bench following his recent lay-off with an ankle injury.
Tyson opened the scoring in the 13th minute when he angled a shot home from the right following a neat pass by Kevin Betsy. Two minutes later the scores were level when Roger Johnson's header back to Talia fell short of the edge of the penalty area and Easter nipped in to score. A controversial penalty decision on 21 minutes allowed Wycombe to regain the lead - Tony Vaughan's lunge to take the ball from Johnson being adjudged as a foul by referee Oliver - Tyson made no mistake from the spot. More confusion in the Wycombe defence saw former Wanderers Centre of Excellence player Michael Malcolm head in another equaliser on the stroke of half-time. It came after Danny Senda and Joe Burnell collided when trying to head clear a cross from the left and when the ball was returned from the opposite winf, Malcolm was left to head home his first ever senior goal.
Tyson completed his hat-trick six minutes into the second-half when he struck home at the near post after Tommy Mooney's low cross from the left. Mooney, Senda and Johnson all saw good chances to increase Wycombe's lead saved or missed before John Gorman replaced Tyson with Bloomfield in what looked like an effort to close up the game. However, Easter's penalty conversion levelled the scores again and the same player nearly put County ahead for the first time within a minute of the restart. There was also time for Clint Easton to see a 20 yard effort tipped over as Wycombe were left wondering again what might have been.
Final Score - Stockport County 3 Wycombe 3
Wycombe Manager John Gorman was almost lost for words after the game, commenting the media "It was great to play against a team that wanted to play against us. We've scored three goals but we've killed ourselves by losing three goals. I told them at half time to play the same, to attack, attack, attack. We then scored a beautiful goal but we could have had six."
Meanwhile County boss Chris Turner told their official website, "That game was way above the level of Second Division and Wycombe were by far the best team we have played. The two strikers caused us a lot of problems but to be fair they (Mooney and Tyson) are above this division. We showed great character coming back." Turner added "Wycombe have invested heavily compared to ourselves in terms of the playing squad and I thought we matched them for a lot of the action."
|Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Easton, Johnson, Williamson, Betsy, Lee (sub 83 Dixon), Oakes, Burnell, Tyson (sub 71 Bloomfield), Mooney - subs not used: Williams, Torres, Stonebridge
Bookings: Talia (foul 80), Mooney (kicking ball away 85), Easton (foul 85)
Scorers: Tyson (13, 21 pen, 53)
|Stockport: Ikeme, Briggs, Vaughan, Clare, Robertson, Malcolm, Boshell, Wolski (sub 60 Allen), Hamshaw (sub 83 Greenwood), Easter, Dje (sub 55 Bramble) - subs not used: Spencer, Le Fondre
Bookings: Vaughan (foul 20)
Scorers: Easter (15, 80 pen), Malcolm (45)
|Referee: Mr C Oliver
|Attendance: Att:- 3,507 (approx 150 away section)
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