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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Cambridge United 0
Saturday 27th September 2014
Football League Two
Paul Hayes' 100th Football League goal secured a 1-0 victory over Cambridge United at Adams Park and moved Wanderers to 2nd place in the table with 21 points from their opening ten games. The goal came on 63 minutes when Hayes was first to react to force home the ball after Paris Cowan-Hall headed back across goal.
The latest victory for Gareth Ainsworth's side came after the Wycombe boss made one change to the side that had drew at Portsmouth the previous week - Cowan-Hall coming in for Danny Rowe, recalled the previous day by Rotherham.
Wycombe had the better chances in the first-half, with Sam Wood presented with the best just before the break but he took a touch rather than shooting first time after Hayes had laid the ball across from Matt McClure's original pass from the right corner of the box. The ball came to Wood quickly but his left footed first touch allowed U's 'keeper Chris Dunn to scramble out a claw the ball away from under Wood's feet.
The second period was a more even affair with the visitors going close when Harrison Dunk angled a shot/cross inches wide of the right hand upright. But Wycombe's defence held out and Matt McClure could have opened the scoring just before the hour mark but saw his flying header come back off the left hand upright after Wood had curled the ball in from the left. However, Wycombe were ahead a few minutes later when Wood swung the ball in again from the left for Cowan-Hall to bravely meet with his head at the far side of the six-yard box. Hayes was there to stick out a leg and grab his century in the Football League and break the deadlock.
The visitors pressed for an equaliser but Wanderers' solid looking defence held out - despite a stoppage time scare when Matt Ingram slipped in front of a back pass and then had to defend the resulting corner with Cambridge 6' 5" 'keeper Dunn lurking in the box too.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Cambridge 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth was remaining level headed about his team's position in the table, "At the moment the optimism around the place is great. You’re not going to like this, but it’s still points towards our survival total. Although we’re in the top two, things are just round the corner that could potentially hurt us." Those comments came after Ainsworth wasn't able to name any recognisable defenders as substitutes after Danny Rowe's recall by Rotherham and Gary Doherty's current injury. He added, "We’ve got to be realistic but I can’t deny it, the optimism around Wycombe Wanderers is just fantastic. It’s great to hear the fans singing us home and getting all three points. The two full backs look outstanding and the two, kids still, at centre back – they are solving problems in the 90 minutes. For five or ten minutes it was very tit for tat, long ball and they could have caused us problems, but Alfie and Aaron can work together and solve problems well. We go from strength to strength, the spine’s good – I’m really pleased." Bu the urged caution following a run of seven games without defeat and a defence that has now conceeded the fewest goals in all three divisions of the Football League, "There will be freak results. We’ll have 25 shots one game and lose 1-0. That’s the time when we are going to be mentally tough and pick up and take the consistency into the next game.”
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