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Oldham Athletic 1
Saturday 13th April 2002
Football League Division Two
Sean Devine - first goal for two months Wycombe won their final home game of the 2001/2 season on Saturday and finally broke the magical 60 point barrier so sought after by Lawrie Sanchez. A third minute header by Sean Devine set Wanderers on their way and a Steve Brown penalty in the 15th minute after a foul on Andy Rammell put Wycombe into cruise control. The visitors pulled a late goal back when Allan Smart converted a penalty after referee Phil Joslin had spotted some shirt pulling and Martin Taylor pulled out another world class save five minutes later to prevent Oldham from snatching a point.
After the previous week's defeat at Northampton, Lawrie Sanchez reverted back to a 4-4-2 formation. The reshuffle meant that Mark Rogers was dropped to the bench while Sean Devine and Darren Currie regained their places in the starting line-up. Dannie Bulman, who hobbled off against Northampton with an ankle problem, was included on the bench and came on as late substitute to continue his record of playing in every League game this season. Second Year Youth Teamer Lewis Cook was a surprise place on the bench after impressing recently in the Reserves but he wasn't used.
Steve Brown - converted the penalty Kicking away from the Valley End, Wycombe came out all guns blazing and it was from the first corner of the game on three minutes that Sean Devine scored his first goal in thirteen outings. Devine was on hand to head home at the far post after Paul McCarthy flicked on a Darren Currie floated in from the left.
Wycombe doubled their lead on 15 minutes when Andy Rammell was bundled over by Lee Duxbury after Currie had delivered another ball into the Oldham penalty area. For the second home game running Steve Brown took the responsibilty of taking the penalty and despite Oldham 'keeper David Miskelly getting a hand to the shot, the ball found its way into the net.
Player of the Season Martin Taylor had to be alert to tip over Fitz Hallís header on 38 minutes but Wycombe should have been three goals to the good on 42 minutes when Devine had only Miskelly to beat but the Oldham pulled off a great save.
Half-time Wycombe 2 Oldham 0
The second-half was a largely uneventful affair and it was only after Rammell was pulled up for shirt pulling in the 80th minute that Oldham were given a lifeline back into the game. Substitute Smart converted the penalty with ease and five minutes later saw Taylor pull off a remarkable save from a close range header after a ball in from the left.
Wanderers players take a lap of honourWanderers hung on through five minutes of stoppage time before taking the usual end of season lap of honour in front of the home fans. The attendance of 6,728 takes Wycombe League average for the season to 6,703, nearly 900 higher than the previous best of 5,803 achieved in the 1994/95 season. The current points total of 63 is the highest since the 78 total achieved by Martin O'Neill's side in 1994/95.
Final Score Wycombe 2 Oldham 1
Wycombe: Taylor, McCarthy, Thomson, Vinnicombe, Senda, Simpson, Brown (sub 76 Rogers), Currie, Rammell, Holligan (sub 66 Bulman), Devine - subs not used Townsend, Cook, Roberts
Yellow Cards: McCarthy (foul 60)
Oldham: Miskelly, Holden, McNiven, Hall, Armstrong, Eyres (sub 78 Colusso), Duxbury (sub 64 Baudet), Murray, Carss, Adebola (sub 57 Smart), Corazzin - subs not used Appleby, Clegg
Yellow Cards: Smart (foul 92)
Referee: P Joslin (Notts) Att: 6,728 (Oldham 414)
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