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Before the game there was a shock for Wycombe fans with the news that goalkeeper Martin Taylor was unavailable due to flu and Jermaine McSporran had suffered an appendicitis on Friday and could be out for up to six weeks. New signing Matt Brady was also unavailable due to flu while it was revealed later Sean Devine was 50/50 with a back injury sustained in training and played the entire game wearing a corset. Taylor's flu bout meant that Mark Westhead got his first start for over a year and unsurprisingly he looked fairly nervous in the opening exchanges. At the other Sean Devine had the ball in the Scunthorpe net after 8 minutes when Dave Carroll had made space on the edge of the box but Devine's effort was ruled offside. A neat exchange by Darren Stamp and Sean McAuley on 14 minutes was saved at the second attempt by Westhead and the open state of the game was underlined when Devine forced Morten Hyldgaard to save as Wycombe broke. Four minutes later, however, Wycombe were behind. Westhead punched clear and ex-West Ham player Lee Hodges got the better of Simpson before curling in the ball from the right for Gareth Sheldon to gratefully head home. Steve Brown nearly grabbed a equaliser for Wycombe on 24 minutes when his free-kick nearly found its way through a melee of players before being pushed away by Hyldgaard at the last moment. Devine turned Carroll's first time cross from the right inches wide before Wycombe equalised on the 30 minute mark. Baird was taken out on the edge of the box and after futile protests from Scunthorpe, Jamie Bates thundered an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner of the Valley End net. The goal settled Wycombe and they finished the half well on top.
The corset wearing Devine saw another shot saved six minutes into the second-half after Carroll had pushed the ball wide on the right. Scunthorpe's top scorer Guy Ipoua was also not having the best of luck in front of goal and after making a mess of chance on 57 minutes he was eventually substituted. The winning goal came from a delightful Wycombe move down the left side. Devine flicked the ball out to Brown whose inviting cross was powered into the back of the Scunthorpe net by the head of Keith Ryan. It was a brilliant goal and 'Rhino' will not have scored many better with this head. Wycombe spent the next twenty minutes searching for another goal but only Steve Brown's snap effort on 64 minutes looked likely. The Iron pressed for an equaliser in the final ten minutes with Hodges the main dangerman but he tried to do too much and Wycombe played out the remaining time with relative ease to take three more vital points ahead of a potentially difficult run of three away games.
Final Score Wycombe 2 Scunthorpe 1
Wycombe Team: Westhead, Lawrence, Vinnicombe, Cousins, Bates, Carroll (sub 78 Bulman), Ryan, Baird (sub 88 Senda), Devine, Simpson, Brown (sub 89 Rogers). subs not used Osborn, McCarthy Att:4,850
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