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Saturday 8th February 2003
Football League Division Two
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Wanderers failed to score at home for the first time this season as they drew 0-0 with bottom side Huddersfield Town. It was a game of limited chances for both sides but Wycombe thought they had won it in the 76th minute when Craig Faulconbridge headed home a Danny Senda cross from the right. However, the celebrations had to be cut short when the linesman was spotted flagging for offside. Then in stoppage time Michael Simpson looked certain to score when he rounded the 'keeper but the ball skidded away and went out for a goalkick.
As expected there was just one change in the Wanderers' starting line-up from the one that had beaten Notts County the previous week - Stuart Roberts coming in to replace the injured Richard Harris. Ex-Youth Teamer Ian Simpemba was the replacement player on the bench but he remained unused.
It was the visitors who had the first real chance of the game after only three minutes when Nat Brown headed onto the roof the Valley End net. But the game was 17 minutes old before Wanderers made any serious threat on the Huddersfield goal - this coming after Danny Bulman had twice won the ball down the right side of midfield before passing to Roberts whose resulting low cross just missed the foot of Faulconbridge.
The visitors, with only two away wins all season, then saw Andy Booth head over at the near post on 20 minutes, while four minutes later Chris Holland shot wide of Frank Talia's left hand post.
The best move of the game on 36 minutes should have produced a goal for Wycombe. It started down the right wing through Danny Senda who then played in Roberts. The Welshman crossed the ball into the box to Faulconbridge who laided the ball back towards the left side of goal only for Keith Ryan to drill the ball wide of the target.
Four minutes before the break a Roberts snap shot produced a good save from 6'6" Terriers 'keeper Scott Bevan, while at the other end Eddie Younds could have done better with a close range headed that went straight into the hands of Talia.
Half-time 0-0
The second-half a non event until Darren Currie was introduced for the hardworking Steve Brown on the hour mark. Wanderers then produced four decent chances in the space of five minutes. The first of these on 76 minutes saw Currie spray the ball out to Senda on the right wing but Faulconbridge was adjudged to be lurking in a fractionally offside position after he had rose to place the head the resulting cross past Bevan.
Two minutes late Currie appeared to be caught in two minds as he came in from the left and ended up chipping the ball wide of the far post. On 80 minutes Currie had switched wings again and flighted in another cross that was headed back into the danger zone by Faulconbridge but there was no Wycombe player ready to convert.
The five minute flurry of activity concluded in the 81st minute when Bulman looked to have been pushed in the area by Dwayne Mattis after a cross from the left by Roberts but the referee wasn't interested in the loud claims for a penalty.
Faulconbridge limped off with a deadleg on 88 minutes to be replaced directly with Paul McCarthy and Wycombe went on to have two further chances to win the game. The first came on the stroke of 90 minutes when Bulman charged through from midfield before shooting high of the Valley End and then a minute into stoppage time it looked like Wycombe would claim all three points but Simpson delayed too long in shooting and so ended a frustrating afternoon for Wanderers followers.
Final Score Wycombe 0 Huddersfield 0
Wycombe: Talia, Thomson, Rogers, Johnson, Senda, Bulman, Simpson, Brown (sub 60 Currie), Ryan, Roberts, Faulconbridge (sub 88 McCarthy) - subs not used: Lee, Cook, Simpemba
Yellow Cards: none
Huddersfield: Bevan, Moses, Youds, Brown, Sharp, Mattis, Irons (sub 78 Worthington), Holland (sub 44 Heary), Smith, Booth, Stead (sub 51 Baldry) - subs not used Thorrington, Senior
Yellow Cards: Moses (foul 53), Sharp (time-wasting 89)
Referee: Mike Thorpe (Suffolk) Attendance: 5,886 (away end 432)
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