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Saturday 15th September 2001
Football League Division Two
Silent tribute A 35th minute strike from Andy Rammell saw Wycombe secure a rare victory over The Latics at Adams Park. Rammell was one of two changes to the side that drew with Chestefield the previous week. 'Rambo' replaced Paul Emblen in the starting line-up while there was also a start for Danny Senda after Paul McCarthy was forced out of the side through injury. Martin Taylor was outstanding again in the Wycombe goal with three breath taking second-half saves. Rammell, with his head bandaged from an earlier clash, latched onto a left wing cross from Michael Simpson to grab the winning goal a eventually a satisfying victory on a day of mixed emotions.
Before the game there was a minute's silence as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the USA on Tuesday 11th September. In a moving tribute the American national anthem was played prior to a deadly hush falling over the ground. Some had criticised League officials for going ahead with the League programme but this was a chance for fans to come together and show their respects as one.
Andy Rammell - GOAL!!!As expected Wycombe gave a debut to new loan signing Richard Walker. The 23 year old striker, who joined on loan from Aston Villa earlier in the week came on as a 65th minute substitute and struck the crossbar in the dying moments after a mazey run from the right.
A first half injury to Steve Brown had forced Lawrie Sanchez to send on Keith Ryan, 'Rhino' livened up Wycombe's midfield but it was Taylor's second-half show in front of The Valley End that stole the show. Taylor stopped efforts from Lee McCulloch, Paul Dalglish and Simon Haworth as The Latics were foiled in their attempts to steal an equaliser.
Wycombe jump one place in the table to 7th after these three very welcome points and the unbeaten home run continues.
Full time Wycombe 1 Wigan Athletic 0
Wycombe: Taylor, Cousins, Vinnicombe, Rogers, Senda, Simpson, Brown (sub 31 Ryan), Bulman, Currie (sub 86 Carroll), Rammell, Holligan (sub 65 Walker)
subs not used: Emblen, McSporran
Yellow Cards: Simpson (32 dissent), Cousins (70 handball)
Wigan Athletic: Kerr, Green, Kennedy, McGibbon, Dalglish, De Zeeuw, Dinning, Brannan, Ashcroft (sub 79 Roberts), Haworth, McCulloch
subs not used: Stillie, Charnock, Sharp, Mitchell
Yellow Cards: Ashcroft (72 foul), Dinning (45 foul), Brannan (foul 62), Kennedy (88 foul)
Referee: R Harris (Oxford) Attendance: 5,400 (255)
This report is dedicated to all those who lost their lives, were injured or affected in any way by the terrorist attacks in the USA on Tuesday 11th September. Our thoughts are with you.
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