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Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Football League Two

Paul Hayes - penalty opener for the Wanderers Wanderers made it ten wins on the road in the League during 2014/15 following a hard fought 2-1 victory at Tranmere Rovers. However, Wanderers finished the game with ten players after substitute Matt McClure was red-carded on 69 minutes for an alleged elbow on Tranmere's Adam Dugdale. McClure had only been on the pitch for just over a minute, while the time the ball had been played was later timed as a fraction under 4 seconds.

Paul Hayes went close for an unchanged Wycombe starting XI within the opening ten seconds when he dragged a shot just wide of the upright. Loanee Sam Saunders fired over on 9 minutes as Wycombe continued their confident start. The home side had their first sight of goal on 24 minutes when Lee Molyneux's cross evaded Kayode Odejayi and went just over the cross-bar.

Wycombe took the lead in the 26th minute when Matt Bloomfield's flick in the box struck the arm of a home player and referee Mark Heywood pointed to the spot. Hayes dispatched the effort for his 10th goal of the season. Rovers responded well and levelled on 32 minutes when Jordan Hugill nudged in a Max Power cross from the right that found its way past Matt Ingram (making his 99th consecutive appearance for the Wanderers).

However, Wanderers perked up again and regained the lead on 40 minutes when Sido Jombati dinked a ball through down the right channel for Fred Onyedinma to meet and take on before angling low past the 'keeper to register his 8th goal for Wanderers and his 5th in four games. Wycombe looked to be controlling matters until McClure's dismissal gave the home side hope. Matt Ingram was grateful to Sam Wood for clearing off the line as the clock approached 90 minutes. Then in stoppage time Ingram collected to frustrate the home support and confirm that all three points would be heading back to Buckinghamshire. Wycombe remain third in table, with Shrewsbury the new leaders after a late goal saw them beat Accrington Stanley and jump ahead of Burton who were without a game. 4th placed Luton lost 1-0 at Bury (who are now 5th). The Hatters are now five points behind Wanderers.

Full-time - Tranmere 1 Wycombe 2
Wycombe: Ingram, Jombati, Jacobson, Mawson, Rowe, Saunders (sub 68 McClure), Bloomfield, Yennaris, Wood, Onyedinma, Hayes - subs: Richardson, Ephraim, Holloway, Craig, Murphy, Fletcher, McClure
Scorers: Hayes (26 pen), Onyedinma (40)
Bookings: McClure (69 red card)
Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, McGahey (sub 60 Gardner), Dugdale, Ihiekwe, Molyneux, Power, Jennings (sub 72 Kirby), Laird, Odejayi, Hugill (sub 60 Hume) - subs: Ramsbottom, Ridehalgh, Thompson, Koumas
Scorers: Dugdale (32)
Bookings: Dugdale (19), Hugill (37), Odejayi (70)
Referee: Mr Mark Heywood Attendance: 4,161 (165 away)

Post match reaction:
Gareth Ainsworth Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "Coming here when theyíre fighting for their lives, like they were tonight, itís an enormous win. Ten men with 20 minutes to go, the lads who played Saturday kept the same formation, kept the same team and Iím really pleased with the result. The character of the result as well. The last six minutes felt like six weeks when that board went up, but the lads held out, stood firm and some of them are really becoming good, established, professional players and itís brilliant to see." The Wycombe boss also defended Matt McClure following his red card, saying:"I think heís led with his arm, but he hasnít meant to elbow the guy in any way. I know Matty McClure very well and he would never try and hurt anyone, but I think heís jumped up and if he has caught him in the mouth with his arm then itís a red card. Itís unfortunate but it happens. Thereís no way Matty would mean to do that so heís got my backing." McClure will receive an automatic three match ban for the red card unless the Club successfully appeal the decision.

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