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Wycombe Wanderers 3
Saturday 11th October 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers went to the top of 'League Two' after a 3-1 victory at Morecambe coupled with a defeat for previous leaders Bury at Wimbledon. Goals from Sam Wood and Paul Hayes gave Wycombe a 2-0 lead inside the opening 15 minutes but the hosts pulled a goal back in first half stoppage time to set up a tense second-half. However, a red card for Shrimps dangerman Jamie Devitt on 50 minutes swung the balance of play in favour of Wanderers who sealed victory on 72 minutes with long range goal from Joe Jacobson - his first goal for Wycombe. Gareth Ainsworth's side now have 25 points from their opening 12 League games, compared to 20 at the same stage last season. It puts Wanderers at the top of the division for the first time since February 2009 and extends the unbeaten run to nine games.
The victory came after Ainsworth made one change to the starting XI that had drew 1-1 at home to Northampton Town the previous week - Max Kretzschmar replacing Matt McClure - the latter being moved to the bench.
A lively opening where Kevin Ellison flashed a header past the right hand upright culminated with Wanderers taking a 10th minute through a spectacular effort from Wood, making his 100th First Team appearance for Wycombe. He picked the ball up with back to goal just outside of the centre circle and in one move swivelled and sent a looping 40 yard shot over the head of stunned home 'keeper Barry Roche who was only a few yards off his line.
Hayes stabbed an effort wide of the left hand post moments later, while the home side had claims for a penalty waved away on 14 minutes when Ellison went to ground after a challenge from the shoulder of Aaron Pierre. The decision left the hosts fuming as moments later Hayes doubled the lead for Wycombe with 15 minutes on the clock. The goal came after Jacobson delivered a corner from the left to the opposite edge of the six yard box where Alfie Mawson's header was blocked by Roche but Hayes was on hand to smash in the rebound from close range to mark his 500th appearance in professional football.
There was an injury scare for Wanderers three minutes before the break when Pierre was forced off following a push in the back from Ellison as the two players chased a long ball forward - Pierre then falling head first into the trailing boot of Matt Ingram. After five minutes of treatment, Pierre was eventually replaced by Matt Bloomfield and there was another set-back for Wycombe when Andy Fleming pulled a goal back for the hosts three minutes into first half stoppage time when he headed in from Devitt's chipped cross from the left.
That flurry of activity looked to have set up a tense second-half for Wanderers. However, Wycombe were given the edge again when Devitt was red-carded for Morecambe after flinging out an arm at the back of Peter Murphy's neck five minutes after the re-start. Kretzschmar saw an effort saved at the near post on 58 minutes and the same player hit the post from 12 yards four minutes later after connecting first time with through ball from Murphy.
Wanderers sealed victory on 72 minutes when Jacobson struck a 30 yard free-kick from the left of midfield that flew into the opposite top corner of the Morecambe via a small deflection. Wycombe have now not lost in all eleven Football League meetings with The Shrimps to date.
Full-time - Morecambe 1 Wycombe 3
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "It's fantastic for the lads to be able to see the table and see who's on top of the league. I thought they were two outstanding goals today and we probably deserve to be up there. I'm really pleased that we're at the top of the table, I'm not going to be a manager who lies and says we don't want to be there - it's fantastic to say that. But deep down I want to gets as many points as possible on the board as we can. You won't get anything else from me until we get just over 50 points to keep us in League Two."
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