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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Tuesday 10th January 2017
Football League Trophy 3rd Round
Wanderers progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy following a 5-4 penalty-shoot out victory at Blackpool and earned £40,000 in the progress. Jamal Blackman was the Wycombe hero on the night, saving a penalty in a normal time when the score was already 1-0 to the home side, and then saving a crucial spot-kick in the shoot-out.
In front of just a few hundred spectators, the home side took the lead on 9 minutes when Kelvin Mellor headed in at the far post from Mark Yeates’ corner. However, Wanderers always looked likely to equalise. Sam Wood rattled the cross bar on 14 minutes and Paul Hayes should have done better on 23 minutes when he side-footed high of the target. Garry Thompson then saw a goal ruled out for offside on 31 minutes.
It was a debatable penalty decision that gave the home side the opportunity to double their advantage on 32 minutes. Marcus Bean was adjudged to have impeded Osayi-Samuel in the box and referee Eddie Ilderton pointed to the spot. But Wycombe will think that justice was done when Danny Philliskirk's spot-kick saw Blackman dive low to his left to keep the score at 1-0.
Wanderers were finally rewarded for their pressure in the 77th minute when Anthony Stewart smashed the ball home after The Tangerines failed to deal with a Joe Jacobson corner.
Competition rules meant the tie went straight to penalties after 90 minutes and Wanderers converted all five of their spot kicks through Jacobson, O'Nein, De Havilland, Akinfenwa and Thompson, before Jamal Blackman tipped Will Aimson’s effort onto the post and set-up a last eight meeting away to Mansfield Town on Tuesday 24th January 2017 (KO 7.45pm). The reward for Wanderers' success at Bloomfield Road was a £40,000 cheque. £50,000 will be up for grabs for winners in the Quarter-Finals.
Full-time - Blackpool 1 Wycombe 1
Wycombe went first Wycombe: Jacobson, O'Nein, De Havilland, Akinfenwa, Thompson (all scored)
Blackpool: Philliskirk, Cain, Redshaw, Gnanduillet (all scored), Aimson (saved)
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