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Bournemouth 3
Saturday 2nd December
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Sam Parkin - quiet home debut - picture Paul DennisWycombe crashed to a 3-0 home defeat in one of the most disappointing displays since the arrival of Lawrie Sanchez. With the lack of a quality left-sided defender Sanchez gambled with a 3-5-2 formation but the plan backfired horribly as the south coast side dominated throughout. Sanchez's team selection was thrown into disarray when left-back Alan Beeton failed a late fitness test, leaving the Wycombe boss with just one naturally left sided playing to choose from.
There were three changes from last week's 0-0 draw at Colchester. Out went Beeton and Mark Rogers from the defence and in came Paul McCarthy and Danny Senda, both returning after injury. McCarthy slotted into a back three while Senda took his place in a five man midfield. New loanee signing Sam Parkin was favoured ahead of Niall Thompson as he started for the first time in a Wycombe shirt. However, against a Bournemouth side who had won their last three games but missing big front man Steve Fletcher with a hamstring injury, it just didn't work and Sanchez ordered the players in for Sunday morning training to discuss where it went wrong. Wycombe drop to 8th place in the table following the biggest home defeat since collapsing 4-0 at home to Stoke just under a year ago.
As expected it was 18 year old West Ham striker Jermain Defoe who caused all sorts of problems for a stretched Wycombe defence. Defoe had scored in each of his three appearances for The Cherries prior to this game and he continued that record with a wonderful solo goal just after the hour mark to make the score 2-0. Midfielder Carl Fletcher had headed the visitors into a 23rd minute lead from Claus Jorgensen's deep cross from the left wing but Wycombe could have been ahead following the early exchanges.
In the 2nd minute Senda got in a good delivery from the right wing but Andy Rammell was unable to direct his header at the goal. Jermaine McSporran then saw a shot deflected over the bar after the ball was worked in again from the right. Wycombe's flurry of early pressure culminated in the eighth minute when Parkin laid the ball back to McSporran whose floated ball to the far post was headed wide by Rammell. A goal then may have changed the nature of the game but it was not to be and the visitors began to take control after a remarkable goalmouth scramble in the 12th minute. Chukki Eribenne headed against the foot of the post from Wade Elliott's cross and only a last gasp goal-line clearance by Keith Ryan prevented a goal. Ryan himself pulled a chance wide from Parkin's knock-down in the 22nd minute but with a minute later, with Wycombe claiming a free-kick for a back-pass, The Cherries broke and opened the scoring.
Wycombe forced three corners in quick succession following Fletcher's opener but Wycombe strikers Parkin and Rammell had no luck against a well organised Cherries defence. At the other end it was the brilliance of Martin Taylor that was on show yet again when he turned away Defoe's 31st minute effort after Ryan had given the ball away in midfield to Fletcher. The visitors went close again on the stroke of half-time when Warren Cumming's cross from the left was glanced wide of the far post by Elliott.
Half-time Wycombe 0 Bournemouth 1
Sanchez stuck with the 3-5-2 formation in the second-half but Wycombe rarely looked like getting back into the game. Seven minutes into the half Taylor had to scramble back to push away Elliott's flick. Then on the hour mark Eribenne broke from midfield before pushing the ball left to Defoe. Jason Cousins just did enough to put the Bournemouth player off before Taylor parried the shot away. However, within a minute a similar move ended with Defoe racing in from the left side before whipping an unstoppable shot past Taylor from 12 yards as Cousins chased back in vein.
The nearest Wycombe came to getting back into the game was through the boot of Jamie Bates. He thundered in two efforts fractionally wide of the target but Cherries 'keeper Gareth Stewart will not have had many quieter days.
Stewart was involved in a controversial booking in the 82nd minute when he was shown a yellow card for time wasting. Stewart appeared to be claiming that an object had been thrown from the crowd as he ran up to take a kick.
Parkin could have done better when presented with a chance from McSporran's right wing cross but the on-loan Chelsea striker directed his headed downwards and wide of the far post.
Wycombe's bad day at the office was completed in the 90th minute when Fletcher smashed home a loose ball after The Cherries broke from midfield.
Hopefully that's got the bad result of the season out of the system and the lessons learned from this game will mean that Wycombe will bounce back in the cup games coming up in the week following this set-back.
Final Score Wycombe 0 Bournemouth 3
Wycombe: Taylor, Cousins, McCarthy, Bates, Senda, Ryan, McSporran, Simpson, Bulman (sub 70 Harkin), Rammell, Parkin
subs not used: Rogers, Castledine, Brady, Thompson
Yellow Card: McCarthy (34 foul)
Bournemouth: Stewart, Purches, Cummings, Howe, Tindall, Hughes (sub 82 Grant), Elliott, Jorgensen (sub 85 Broadhurst), C Fletcher, Defoe, Erinenne (sub 75 Hayter)
subs not used: O'Connor, Menetrier
Yellow Cards: Fletcher (71 foul), Stewart (82 time wasting),
Cummings (90 over-celebrating)
Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke) Attendance: 5,185 (587 away)
Chairboys Stat File
2nd Dec 2000

Division Two
Goals For
Goals Against 1

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 6
Steve Brown
Andy Baird 3
Jamie Bates 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Dannie Bulman 1

Paul McCarthy 1
Michael Simpson 1
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Wycombe 0

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FA Cup First Round
Wycombe 3
Harrow 0

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Wycombe 2
Bury 1
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