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Saturday 23rd February 2002
Football League Division Two
David Tuttle - drafted in for trip to Wigan Wycombe took their first ever point from a visit to the JJB Stadium as they battled to a goalless draw with Wigan Athletic. Loan signing David Tuttle had a steady debut in the cente of the Wanderers' defence on a day where the cold and blustery conditions spoilt any chance of the fans seeing a decent game.
McSporran was Wycombe's livewire in a game of limited chances for either side. 'Jocky' went close early on and with just seven minutes remaining had Wycombe's best chance when he latched onto a Chris Vinnicombe ball from defence but saw his powerful shot from the right edge of the penalty area saved by John Filan in the Latics goal.
The home side, looking to complete two successive home victories for the first time this season, had their best efforts when Wanderers scrambled to clear free-kicks either side of the half-time break. Martin Taylor was also on top form when he tipped wide Peter Kennedy's 57th minute free-kick after Michael Simpson had fouled Paul Dalglish. Taylor was unfortunate to get booked in the dying moments for time wasting when the ball blew away as he attempted to take a goal kick. Earlier in the game Mark Rogers was booked for shirt pulling in what looked like a case of mistaken identity.
The game had started with Wanderers on the back foot. Ged Brannan flashed an effort wide in the 2nd minute while three minutes later Kennedy's shot from the left side of the penalty was shut out by the Wycombe defence. Wanderers then dealt with the resulting corner before creating chances themselves. On 7 minutes McSporran saw a left footed drive from the left channel tipped around by Filan after Bulman had provided. Moments later Darren Currie's inswinging corner from the left also caused problems for Filan, with the Australian 'keeper almost punching the ball over his own goal-line.
Gary Teale and Kennedy both had half-chances for the home side while on 15 minutes Sean Devine showed his goal poaching instinct when he nearly converted after the ball broke loose on the left edge of the penalty area.
A foul by Currie on Dalglish on 29 minutes gave Wigan a free-kick on the right wing that saw Kennedy deliver and Martin Taylor eventually grateful to catch on his goal-line. The first half concluded with Rogers booking and Ged Brannan's resulting free-kick from the right wing being blocked out by the workman like Wanderers defence.
Half-time 0-0
The hbme side started the second-half as they had started the first with Brannan seeing a speculative long range effort blocked by Michael Simpson and Keenedy's 57th minute effort being tipped over by Taylor.
Currie was replaced by Andy Baird on 62 minutes before Wanderers started to come back into the game. Free-kicks from Chris Vinnicombe and Devine were dealt with by the Wigan defence as the game always looked like heading for a nil-nil conclusion. McSporran's late chance was probably the best opportunity of the day for either side while Wigan had two very hopeful claims for penalties waved away by the referee. All-in-all a fair result in conditions that were near farcical at times. For Wycombe loan signing Tuttle did enough to show that he can do a job at the back while Paul McCarthy, Roger Johnson and Jason Cousins recover from their injuries.
Wanderers jump up to 9th place in the Division Two after this draw. Wycombe now have 53 points from 34 games. That's five points off the play-off zone and with games to come against Reading, Brighton, Stoke and Huddersfield within the coming two weeks, it's now make or break time.
Final Score Wigan Athletic 0 Wycombe 0
Wycombe: Taylor, Vinnicombe, Senda, Rogers, Tuttle, Bulman, Currie (sub 62 Baird), Simpson, Brown, Devine (sub 93 Ryan), McSporran - subs not used: Roberts, Emblen, Lee
Yellow Cards: Rogers (shirt pulling 42), Taylor (time wasting 90). Note Rogers booking was later rescinded and given to Tuttle instead
Wigan Athletic: Filan, Jackson, Vos, De Zeeuw, Nolan, Dalglish (sub 80 Ashcroft), Brannan (sub 76 Kilford), Dinning, Kennedy, McCulloch, Teale - subs not used: Johnson, Pendlebury, Mitchell
Yellow Cards: De Zeeuw (foul 31), Ashcroft (foul 85)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (C Durham) Att: 4,743 (Wycombe 300 approx)
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