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Wycombe Wanderers 3
Torquay United 2
Saturday 12th October 2013
Football League Two
Paris Cowan-Hall scored two second half goals as Wanderers came from behind twice to beat Torquay United 3-2 in a thriller at Adams Park. Jo Kuffour's determination on 28 minutes first levelled after former Wanderer Ade Azeez had given the visitors the lead a minute earlier. A rare error of judgement from Matt Ingram saw The Gulls regain the lead on 37 minutes when Krystian Pearce headed home a corner but it was former Plymouth striker Cowan-Hall who netted headers on 53 and 77 minutes to turn the score around and bring League victory to Wycombe for this first time in four weeks. Wanderers are now 9th in the table.
Team news had seen Wanderers unchanged from the side that had beaten Bristol City during the week in the Football League Trophy. Dean Morgan and Leon Johnson remained unavailable with thigh injuries, while Steven Craig, Matt McClure and Gary Doherty were all ruled out because of a prolonged illness bug doing the rounds at the Club. Charlies Dunne remained suspended.
The visitors took the lead when a low cross from the left somehow found it's way to the far corner of the six yard box where Azeez fired low past Ingram. Kuffour's leveller a minute later was not without controversey. The Wycombe striker looked to have been pulled back in the box by Pearce but with play waved on, the ball then struck Kuffour's arm before he smashed the ball home.
The Gulls regained their lead eight minutes before the break when Ingram throught he could punch away a flighted corner from the left but the Wycombe 'keeper failed to connect and Pearce headed home from the far side of the six yard box.
Luckily for Wycombe, Torquay's defending was a match for Wanderers' and they conceeded twice in the second period to gift victory to Gareth Ainsworth's side. Meanwhile up front for Torquay, another former Wanderer, Elliot Benyon was virtually anonymous and was eventually substituted. Wycombe's second equaliser came when Bloomfield crossed from the left for Cowan-Hall to send a diving header past Martin Rice from six yards. The winning goal followed a corner from the right that saw Cowan-Hall glance a header in off the far post to give Rice no chance and spark celebrations amongst the Wycombe contingent on and off the pitch.
Full-time - Wycombe 3 Torquay 2
Post match reaction:
It was an emotional Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth who spoke to the press after the game. Ainsworth had punched the dug out in anger when the visitors had scored but did a cartwheel when Cowan-Hall netted the winning goal. He said "I was so passionate about getting back in that game and getting the league form back on track. There’s still a couple of things that that need work on in the second half, but the reaction they gave me was fantastic." Refering to his dug-out punch, which left the Wycombe Manager needing medical attention, he commented, "It was wrong place, wrong time for the dugout. It was frustration we’ve conceded from the corner. Our starting positions were wrong. We have to work those out before the delivery comes in. I was also frustrated at Nick giving the corner away so cheaply, but I thought the biggest gulf between first half and second half was Nick Arnold. He was brilliant second half." And on the cartwheel, he quipped, "I don’t know if that was caught [on camera] – I’m hoping not. I got a bit carried away. There’s not many managers who can pull a cartwheel off – my nine-year-old daughter would have been proud of that one."
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