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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 18th October 2014
Football League Two
Second-half goals from Josh Scowen and Sam Wood saw Wanderers remain top of 'League Two' following a workman like but hugely impressive 2-0 victory over Wimbledon at Adams Park.
Team news saw Aaron Pierre declared fit following his head injury at Morecambe the previous week. The only change to the starting XI saw Steven Craig favoured for Max Kretzschmar, while on the bench there was a return for Danny Rowe who has agreed another loan deal from Rotherham following his recall at the end of September.
This latest victory for Wanderers takes the unbeaten run to ten games in the League and came against a side that could boast a strikeforce duo of Matt Tubbs and Adebayo Akinfenwa with 14 League goals between them to date this season and as a side had only failed to score in one of their 15 games. But Wanderers outwitted them from the start. Akinfenwa was booked on 26 minutes following a series of niggly challenges and was largely inneffective against the rock solid defensive duo of Pierre and loanee Alfie Mawson. Wycombe created the better chances in the opening half - although long range efforts from Joe Jacobson, Scowen and Peter Murphy never seriously troubled Dons 'keeper James Shea. It was after the break that Wycombe took a huge grip on the game.
The opening goal on 50 minutes came after Wood looped the ball high from around the halfway kine into the right channel where Craig nodded the ball across the area where Scowen had run on to take one touch before whipping the ball past Shea right footed from 12 yards. A mazey run from midfield by Murphy almost brought a second goal around the hour mark but after beating three defenders, the final shot was saved by the outstretched arm of Shea. But a second goal did arrive on 70 minutes when Sido Jombati crossed from the right for Paul Hayes to lay back for Craig to curl the ball goalwards and for Wood to provide the final headed touch to nestle the ball in the left corner of the Valley End net. Shea ran to complain to the officials about Wood being in an offside position but replays confirm the Wycombe player was onside when Craig shot.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Wimbledon 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "It's one of the performances of the season without a doubt. I thought the defence was superb, I'm not sure Wimbledon had a shot on goal. I thought the better team won. It's having your team-mates next to you, knowing that someone has your back through thick and thin, that gives you the confidence to try new things. When they perform like that, it's worth everything we've done in the season, all the training, all the preparation and everything, it's great to see coming it together." The Wycombe boss also praised his defence for limiting the chances for Adebayo Akinfenwa and Matt Tubbs, saying, "They [Tubbs and Akinfenwa] were very well looked after by the back five but the boys in front of them made the game easy. This isn’t a fluke – this is something we work on day in, day out. The way we perform in games, we try to make it easy for each other. You’re confident you’ve got the ability to try things because you know the person next to you is right alongside you and will work just as hard as you if it breaks down. The sheer resilience of everyone was great."
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