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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Saturday 22nd February 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers secured their first home win since 12th October 2013 with a memorable 1-0 victory over League leaders Chesterfield. The only goal of the game came on 35 minutes when Max Kretzschmar struck home a penalty awarded after Matt McClure's cross from the right struck the arm of Ian Evatt.
The confidence boosting victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had drew with Fleetwood a week and half previous - McClure returning to the starting XI plus Anthony Jeffrey given his first start - Dean Morgan and Paris Cowan-Hall the players demoted to the subs bench. Wycombe were good value for the win but had to deal with the loss of Gary Doherty on 50 minutes after the central defender fell awkwardly on his arm and had to assisted off the pitch for what was later confirmed as a fracture and dislocation of his elbow. Anthony Stewart impressed as a replacement for Doherty as a determined Wycombe knuckled down to frustate the pacesetters in League Two. The closest the visitors came to equalising was on 65 minutes when Evatt headed past Ingram at far post but the Linesman had already signalled for offside before the Evatt had made contact.
A enthusiastic home crowd then really got behind the side and the winning margin could have been greater if Matt Bloomfield's shot from the right side of the box had not been gathered by Tommy Lee in the Spireites goal. Wanderers now have 34 points from 31 games - five points clear of 23rd placed Torquay who lost 1-0 at home to Accrington. Wycombe travel to 14th placed Exeter City on Tuesday 25th February, before starting a run of eight League games during March.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "I haven't calmed down yet and I'm so pleased. The fans were absolutely superb today; people have backed me. We've had a testing week with a lot of of stuff off the pitch but on the pitch the lads have been brilliant. Traning has gone superb; we've changed it up a little bit, and every player out there deserves that win today. I don't think anyone could go away today and say that Wycombe didn't deserve that win. You ask a proper Wycombe fan, who gets behind us every week, and they know this [win] has been coming. The young kid Anthony Jeffrey made his debut and he ran out of steam because he was so nervous and got involved in everything. I just thought that everyone on the pitch was superb."
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