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Exeter City 0
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Tuesday 25th February 2014
Football League Two
Max Kretzschmar scored again as Wanderers secured a 1-0 victory at Exeter City and move up a place in 'League Two'. The former Wanderers Youth Team Captain struck home with a long range curling effort in the 21st minute that left Christy Pym in the home goal left wanting.
Wycombe's second successive victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes (three forced) to the side that had beaten leaders Chesterfield the previous Saturday - Gary Doherty missed out due to his broken arm, Stuart Lewis was left out due to a hamstring injury, while Matt McClure was taken ill on the journey down to Devon. Completing the changes was Anthony Jeffrey who was demoted to the bench. In coming was Anthony Stewart, Marvin McCoy, Paris Cowan-Hall and Reece Styche.
Wycombe survived a early scare from former Wanderer Sam Parkin but began to take a hold of the game by the 11th minute when Styche went close before Kretzschmar scored with his wonder strike. The hosts did begin to press during the second period but it was Wycombe who had the better chances and Kretzschmar will be a little disappointed that he didn't take advantage of a 76th minute one-on-one to double Wanderers lead. However, Wycombe's defence held firm to register a clean sheet for consecutive games for the first time this season. For Kretzschmar, he has now scored five times for Wycombe this season and on each occasion he has been on the winning side. Wycombe travel to 9th placed Southend United on Saturday (1st March) with confidence on a season high but with still a lot of hard work needed to pull away from the danger zone.
Full-time - Exeter 0 Wycombe 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "They are dead on their feet. They have given me absolutely everything. This isn't an easy pitch - the going would have been very heavy if it was horse racing. It's overtaken Saturday's momentus effort. Nobody's got any energy to smile or laugh or cheer in there. The music's not playing, which is a first. They [Exeter] had the better of the first half but second half we broke on them quite a few times. This is what we've waited for. Thank you for everyone sticking by me - fans, board and my players." The Wycombe Manager added, "We've always said we've got enough to beat anyone in this league and I kept wanting to be proved right. There hasn't been a lot of difference. The performances have always been there and I've always said that. It's been tough sometimes when fans or people in the media want me to slate the players or say there's something wrong. I don't think there's been much wrong. Goal scoring has been an issue and it is still an issue - the forwards need to start firing. There's firepower there and we need to get scoring, but there hasn't been a lot wrong with performances, even when we've been getting beaten. We are still playing the same way and we are getting the rub of the green now. Hopefully we've had the bad run and can get on a good run, and someone else can have a bad one and we can start climbing this league. We all work hard - we can look in the mirror and know we've given our best. If I can keep motivating these boys and keep them going, I'm sure we won't be far wrong. We are a big team, staff and team together. The board have given me the backing, the fans have been brilliant - let's keep this going."
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