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Saturday 29th September 2001
Football League Division Two
Richard Walker Wycombe kept their unbeaten home record intact with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Port Vale. Fielding an unchanged line-up to the one that drew with Brighton the previous Tuesday, Wycombe were 3-0 to the good inside the opening 15 minutes with on loan Aston Villa striker Richard Walker scoring twice and Andy Rammell netting his third goal in four games. Chris Killen pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 53rd minute but the result was never in any doubt. Wycombe go 12th in the table with a trip to bottom placed Bury to come on Tuesday (2nd October).
Wycombe's goal blitz followed an even opening where Killen had been unable to control his header from a Simon Osborn cross while at the other end Paul McCarthy had headed wide from a Darren Currie corner.
The deadlock was broken in the 8th minute following two further corners for Wycombe, both coming after some determined play from Jermaine McSporran down the left flank. McSporran saw a shot beaten away by Vale stand-in 'keeper Dean Delaney but from the resulting corner a nightmare six minute spell for the ex-Everton trainee began to unfold. Darren Currie delivered the corner deep to the far post and Walker was in the right place to head home from close range and open his account for Wycombe. Two minutes later Walker's effort down the left wing won Wycombe's fourth corner. This time Currie's delivery was only half cleared by Rae Ingram allowing Rammell to loop a header over the stranded Delaney.
Vale responded almost immediately and if Osborn's 25 yarder, that skimmed the outside of the Martin Taylor's upright, had sneaked in it could have been a different game. However, Wycombe effectively secured victory with just 14 minutes on the clock. Steve Brown released Danny Senda down the right wing and the resulting low cross squeezed through the Vale defence before Walker converted at the far post with Delaney all at sea again.
The three goal salvo knocked Vale sideways and it took them until four minutes before the break to make any further serious threats on the Wycombe goal - Steven McPhee crashing a header against Taylor's crossbar after a move down the Vale left.
Half-time Wycombe 3 Port Vale 0
Vale did pull a goal back in the 53rd minute when Wycombe lost possession in midfield and Killen ran through to tuck the ball past the advancing Taylor.
Thankfully Wycombe didn't panic and could have regained the three goal advantage on 58 minutes when Currie's weaving run ended with a good save from Delaney. Dannie Bulman was given a chance to stake his claim for a return in the starting line-up when he replaced McSporran just after the hour mark. Bulman looked like he had a point to prove and only a blatant trip by Osborn prevented him from a clear run at goal in the 69th minute.
Three minutes later Currie went close again when he controlled Michael Simpson's lay-off before unleashing a fierce drive that cannoned off the underside of the Vale crossbar before being cleared.
Dave Carroll joined Currie for some last minute party pieces as Wycombe ran the clock down and only another good save by Delaney prevented Currie from getting on the scoresheet during stoppage time.
Final Score Wycombe 3 Port Vale 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Senda, Rogers, McCarthy, Vinnicombe, McSporran (sub 62 Bulman), Simpson, Brown (sub 76 Carroll), Currie, Rammell (sub 84 Emblen), Walker
subs not used: Cousins, Ryan
Yellow Cards: Simpson (73 dissent)
Port Vale: Delaney, Hardy (sub HT Armstrong), Osborn (sub 88 O'Callaghan), Burton, Brisco, Cummins (sub 82 Walsh), Brooker, McPhee, Ingram, Burns, Killen
subs not used: Gowan, Dodd
Yellow Cards: Osborn (69 foul)
Referee: P Taylor Attendance: 5,714 (244 Port Vale)
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