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Luton Town 2
Wycombe Wanderers 3
Tuesday 24th March 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers marked their 1000th Football League game of all time with an 11th away win of the season as they consolidated their 3rd place in 'League Two' with a 3-2 victory in the live TV game at Luton Town.
All the goals came in a scintillating first half where an unchanged Wanderers side took a 2nd minute lead when Sam Saunders strike' from the right corner of the box was deflected home through a crowd of players. However, the home side drew level on 7 minutes when Elliot Lee followed in to score after Matt Ingram could only block a low shot from the left. Wycombe restored their lead on 21 minutes after Matt Bloomfield was fouled just inside the box by Luke Wilkinson and Paul Hayes converted the resulting spot-kick. The goal of the game, and possibly the season for Wanderers, came on 31 minutes when Alfie Mawson powered through from midfield before playing the ball to Hayes who dinked the ball back up into the path of Mawson who half-volleyed past Elliot Justham in the home goal.
The Hatters pulled a goal back seven minutes before the interval when a ball from the left played in deep to the far side of the six yard box was headed back across the face of goal for Lee to score his second of the night.
Luton had the better of the opening stages of the second-period as the high pace of the match continued. However, it was Wanderers who probably had the better of the chances to add to the score-line - Sam Wood on 58 and 83 minutes shooting over the target as Wycombe caught the home side on the break. Ingram pulled off a crucial save from Nathan Oduwa on 84 minutes as the home side eventually ran out of steam, allowing Wanderers to control the closing stages and pull four points clear of 4th placed Bury in the table.
Full-time - Luton 2 Wycombe 3
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "It was a complete performance. An attacking performance first half and defensive, solid performance second half." He added "I’m disappointed with the two goals that we conceded. One is a set play and one is a hopeful ball into the box that we haven’t dealt with well. We’ll work on that. I’m not happy with that. To score three goals away from home you want to win that 3-0. We did let some sloppy goals in tonight, but we did the damage and we kept strong. In that second half we knew we were going to take an onslaught because this is Luton Town. They’re a big club with a big squad and they’ve got a good manager, but we defended well with character, fitness and togetherness. We changed shape about three times. I think Luton changed shape about five times and it was a real tactical battle second half." When asked about the quality of Mawson's goal, Ainsworth said; "It’s something we haven’t practiced in training so it was out of the blue, but Alfie’s got that in the bag. Alfie had the easy part. The little dink over the centre half’s head was the difficult part, but who better to do that than Paul Hayes. Creating and scoring goals is what he does and Alfie’s there to defend which is what he did second half alongside his young counterpart Aaron Pierre. I thought they were immense again and they’re just going from strength to strength."
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