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Saturday 8th April 2006
Football League 'League Two'
Disaster at Moss Rose - Frank Talia and other Wycombe can't believe the penalty decisionThe wheels continued to fall off Wanderers push for promotion following a 2-1 defeat at Macclesfield Town. John Gorman made changes to the side that had lost to Bristol Rovers seven days previous - Will Antwi getting his Wanderers debut in favour of Mike Williamson and Clint Easton returning at left back with Stefan Oakes moving into midfield in place of the injured Rob Lee.
In blustery and sometimes bitterly cold conditions the opening exchanges were fairly even. Matty McNeill attempted a lob over Frank Talia in the 13th minute but the Wycombe 'keeper managed to block the shot with his hands right on the edge of the penalty area. At the other end Stefan Oakes bobbled a shot wide from the left channel while Danny Senda's flicked cross on 25 minutes saw Charlie Griffin head wide of the target. Danny Whitaker fell over in the box and claimed for a penalty two minutes later. However, after Charlie Griffin had missed a good chance with a header for Wycombe following Joe Burnell's cross from the left it was the home side who took the lead five minutes before the break with a soft penalty decision given against Frank Talia after he had been adjudged to have fouled Marcus Richardson following a mis-kick from the Macclesfield striker on the left side of the six yard box. Paul Harsley converted the spot-kick to put Wanderers behind at the break.
Will Antwi in action on his Wanderers debutMartin Bullock was booked for diving six minutes into the second-half as the home side claimed another penalty but Wanderers hit the self destruct button two minutes later as the The Silkmen doubled their lead when Tommy Mooney gave possession away cheaply in midfield and Whitaker swept in a shot from 12 yards past the desperate dive of Talia.
John Gorman made three substitutions in rapid succession in an attempt to get back into the game and also switched to a front three. Macc 'keeper Tommy Lee made a brilliant save from Roger Johnson's shot on 70 minutes following Senda's corner from the right but a comeback never looked likely.
Russell Martin - scored again against Macclesfield but proved to be another consolation Russell Martin volleyed in a goal with four minutes left of the clock following a corner from the right but the consolation was minimal on another depressing day for the travelling contingent from Wycombe. It's now four defeats on the spin for John Gorman's side - equaling Wycombe's worse run of defeats in the Football League and in the same season that Wycombe set records for the best undefeated run. Where it's gone wrong has left many at Wycombe scratching their heads.
Final Score - Macclesfield Town 2 Wycombe 1
John Gorman Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio after the game John Gorman admitted his bitter disappointment again with the result, saying "I'm the manager and I've got to accept responsibility, the team at the minute are not playing to their capabilities and I still felt that today that they have stolen the result again." Gorman said the home side had taken the lead from a "soft penalty" and added "Frank is adament that he didn't get him. But at the minute things like that are all going against us." The Wycombe boss said his side needed confidence at the moment, adding "It's almost unbearable what is happening to us now." Gorman concluded, "At the end of the day they have got the points and we are absolutely devastated because we threw it away."
Meanwhile, Macclesfield Town boss Brian Horton commented to their official website, "I thought it was a thoroughly deserved win, the back four were good and it was a tremendous all round performance." Horton didn't comment on the penalty decision but on Bullock's booking he said, "From my angle it looked like a penalty, Bully doesn't go mad like that if he's not been fouled. I won't even send the tape off to the referees to try and get the booking rescinded because I thought it was a nonsense."
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Easton (sub 56 Easter), Johnson, Antwi, Betsy, Burnell, Bloomfield (sub 69 Stonebridge), Oakes, Griffin (sub 69 Martin), Mooney - subs not used: Williams, Williamson
Bookings: none
Scorers: Martin (86)
Macclesfield Town: Lee, Teague, Morley, Swailes, Sandwith, Harsley, Whitaker, McIntyre, Bullock, McNeil, Richardson - subs not used: Fettis, Townson, Miles, Brightwell, Navarro
Bookings: Harsley (45 foul), Bullock (51 ungentlemanly conduct)
Scorers: Harsley (39, pen), Whittaker (53)
Referee: Mr N Miller Attendance: 1,869 (away sections 270)
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