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Although the game ended sadly for Wycombe, the opening exchanges had been quite encouraging. Within two minutes of the start Jason Cousins stabbed a chance over the Millwall crossbar while in the 12th minute a Simpson corner from the left was left begging for a Wycombe head to connect. The visitors then showed why they had won their last four games with a series of attacks that had the Wycombe defence chasing shadows. After two quick corners it was Paul Moody who crashed the ball inches wide to warn Wycombe of the later dangers. Wycombe had the ball in the Millwall net on 22 minutes but Sean Devine's effort was ruled out through a marginal offside. It was a rare attack for Wycombe, with Andy Baird having a quiet half and the subsequent shooting skills of Simpson not really a suitable alternative. In the 34th minute The Lions top scorer Andy Harris embarrassed Jason Cousins with his skill and Taylor was called upon for the first time to block from close range. Three minutes later a deep Millwall cross from the right wing was bizarrely kept in play by Matt Lawrence only for Taylor to deny Moody again.
After the teams had gone in goalless at the break it was Wycombe who were caught on the break on 51 minutes. Sean Devine wasted a free-kick 30 yards from the Millwall goal and Paul Ifill was then allowed to run through from midfield before feeding top scorer Neil Harris and then heading home the returned cross - it all looked so simple. Wycombe responded with half-chances from Devine and Simpson but it was the Wycombe old-school who conjured up the equaliser in the 62nd minute. Cahill was booked for a challenge 30 yards from the Wycombe goal and after Sanchez had bellowed instructions from the bench, Simpson played a short free-kick to Carroll who pushed the ball into the Millwall penalty area before Keith Ryan neatly drove Ablett's touch back low past Tony Warner. That was as good as it got for Wycombe.
Cahill very nearly restored Millwall's lead from the next attack but Taylor was there again. Taylor completed his collection of saves for the day when he blocked a Harris effort after Moody had knocked the ball down. However, there was nothing that Taylor could do for Millwall's winner in the 77th minute. With Vinnicombe down injured, Millwall broke down the right, Harris crossed and Paul Moody swept the ball home. Sadly for Wycombe, it seemed to signal a case of throwing in the towel. In the 13 minutes remaining Wycombe failed to get in a serious shot on goal and more touchline antics from Sanchez after Jason Cousins was booked will do little to calm down Wycombe's spiraling disciplinary problems. The game ended on a sour note for Wycombe when, following Cousins' booking for a blantant foul on Harris, Matt Lawrence was carried off after a crunching tackle with Michael Gilkes with the game in stoppage time. Thankfully the injury was later diagnosed as a badly bruised foot. A disappointing day all around for Wycombe fans as the holiday games with Colchester and Chesterfield begin to take on an even greater importance.
Final Score Wycombe 1 Millwall 2
Wycombe Team:Taylor, Lawrence (sub 92 Harkin), Vinnicombe (sub 83 Bulman), Cousins, Bates, Ablett, Carroll (sub 74 Brown), Ryan, Simpson, Baird, Devine subs not used Senda and Thompson. Att:4,777
Andy Baird v Neil Harris pre-match Head to Head stats from Carling Opta
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