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Exeter City 2
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Tuesday 21st October 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers remained top of 'League Two' despite a 2-1 defeat at inform side Exeter City. Peter Murphy headed Wycombe into a 7th minute lead but despite having the better of the play were pegged back on 26 minutes through a David Wheeler equaliser. Tactical changes by The Grecians swung the game in favour of the side and they grabbed the winner on the hour mark when Scott Bennett was first to react to another loose ball in the box.
Team news for Wanderers, unbeaten in ten League games, saw one change from the side that beat Wimbledon the previous weekend - Max Kretzschmar returning to the starting line-up in favour of Steven Craig. Meanwhile, The Grecians included former Wanderer Craig Woodman in their defence.
Wanderers, playing in light blue shorts to avoid a clash with Exeter's dark shorts, opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Peter Murphy glanced home a header at the far post following Sam Wood's chipped ball in from the left channel. The home side responded and went close when a low shot from Graham Cummins from the right grazed the outside of the left hand upright. with Matt Ingram at full stretch. But Wycombe were still dominating at this point and had further chances through Paul Hayes and Wood before the hosts hit back against the run of play on 26 minutes. The goal came after a long ball forward was headed on by David Wheeler for Cummins who got past Alfie Mawson only to see his shot saved by the leg of Ingram but Wheeler was on hand to slide the ball home in front of the home fans.
Wanderers went close to regaining the lead on 31 minutes when Joe Jacobson saw an effort cleared off the line but it Exeter who came back into the game as the half drew to a close. Home boss Paul Tisdale also made some tactical changes at the start of the second half and his reward came on the hour mark when a free-kick from the Exeter right saw Ingram palme away a headed effort from Cummins only for Scott Bennett to be first to the loose ball and strike home from six yards.
In an attempt to salvage something from the game, Gareth Ainsworth made two changes on 67 minutes - Kretzschmar and Cowan-Hall being withdrawn for Matt Bloomfield and Steven Craig. Within a minute both players were involved in a great chance for Wanderers when Hayes sent the ball through towards Craig but the ball broke to Bloomfield who from an awkward position sent his effort high of the target. That summed up the frustration for Wanderers and while there was bit of late pressure from it never enough to seriously test young 'keeper Christy Pym.
Full-time - Exeter 2 Wycombe 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "Fair play to them (Exeter). I think the movement caught them (the defence) out. We had one of our poor games this season, we still created some good chances. We have a few tired legs I think. We'll get them right for Saturday. But credit to Exeter, they took all three points today and we can learn from that and make sure it doesn't happen again. I haven't seen an Exeter team go direct like that for a long time. Their goals come from direct play, which we've dealt with very well this season. That's the unfortunate thing." The Wycombe boss added, "This will bring everyone back down to earth and realise this is League Two and anyone can beat anyone in this league."
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