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Plymouth Argyle 0
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers climbed to third place in the League Two following a midweek victory at Plymouth Argyle. The only goal of the game came in the 35th minute when former Pilgrim Paul Hayes powered in a close range header after Aaron Pierre had headed on a Joe Jacobson corner. Once again it was the central defensive pairing of Pierre and Alfie Mawson that frustrated the opposition, leaving Wanderers unbeaten away from home in the League this season and heading to the next game at Portsmouth full of confidence.
Team news saw Gareth Ainsworth make two changes to the starting line-up that had beaten Mansfield the previous weekend - Matt McClure being favoured ahead of Aaron Holloway and Max Kretzschmar replacing Danny Rowe - the formation returning to the more regular 4-4-2.
Josh Scowen denied Harvey a clear shot on goal on 16 minutes following a slip by Pierre. Moments later, former Wanderer loanee Reuben Reid fired wide as Wanderers struggled to break out of the Plymouth half in the opening 25 minutes. However, the balance of play began to swing as the half drew to a close. On 28 minutes Matt McClure forced Luke McCormick to save and two minutes later the same player looped a header high of the target from a Sam Wood cross. The pressure cumlminted in the 35th minute when Jacobson delivered a corner that Pierre knocked on for Hayes to convert with a thumping header from point blank range.
Arygle made a double substitution at the break but they were to be frustrated more in the second period. Reid looked the most dangerous for the hosts but was off target again with a header. Banton saw a shot blocked by Mawson. In the six minutes of stoppage time Kretzschmar saw a shot blocked by McCormick before Ingram collected a header from Argyle first year pro River Allen to ensure the three points came back to Bucks.
Wanderers have now won on each of the three previous games at Home Park - and without conceeding a goal. Hayes' winning goal was against a side where he failed to score in seven appearances during a short spell there during the 2013-14 season.
Full-time - Plymouth 0 Wycombe 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "It's a fantastic three points, away at Plymouth Argyle, because it's a tough place to come and win. There was not much in the gam. We limited Plymouth's chances on our goal and we have taken our chance at the corner. Maybe on the break we might have troubled them again but they didn't really get that many chances to trouble us - maybe one shot in the first half from Reuben Reid and the follow-up, both saved by Matt [Ingram]. In the second half there were a couple of near misses from them but I was really pleased with the way we defended, saw the game out and managed the game. It's a great group of lads who are working really hard for each other and the honesty and togetherness is really coming up trumps at the moment. It's a fantastic three points away at Plymouth Argyle, it's a tough place to come. It's a very big pitch, expansive and they do try and play some good stuff. I changed the shape in the second half just to tighten things up for us and I thought the boys adapted to that really well. It was a great result for us, feet on the ground and we are closer to our survival total and that's how I am looking at it."
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