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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Thursday 26th April 2001
Nationwide Football League Division Two
The Meadow Lane swamp on the Wednesday - picture Paul LewisWycombe returned to the scene of Wednesday evening's washout at Meadow Lane to secure three points and virtually put to bed any lingering fears of being drawn into a battle for survival at the foot of the table.
The victory came after Dave Carroll had given Wycombe a 22nd minute lead against the run of play. He capatilised on a mistake by Dennis Pearce to slip the ball under Darren Ward. It was Carroll's 99th goal for Wycombe and it could have a been a century in the second half but for a brilliant tip over by the County 'keeper. There was a brief scare when Paul McCarthy deflected Danny Allsop's shot against his own crossbar in the 70th minute but Danny Bulman was on hand with three minutes left on the clock to secure the points and lift Wycombe to 17th in the table.
Wycombe started the game with three changes to Monday's game with Bournemouth. Jason Cousins was dropped to the bench as Lawrie Sanchez switched to a back four. Dave Carroll was the extra body in midfield with Danny Senda coming in for the suspended Steve Brown and Roy Essandoh starting up front in place of Keith Ryan.
The previous evening Wycombe's hectic run-in to the season had been thrown into more chaos when the original game was abandoned after just five minutes due to a waterlogged pitch. A torrential downpour that started shortly before kick-off, got worse as the game went on and the referee had no option but take off the teams. Ten minutes later with the pitch awash and with the markings floating away, the inevitable 'match abandoned' announcement was made.
Wycombe began Thursday's game in erratic fashion and the home side had chances to take an early lead. The Magpies forced two corners in quick succession in the third minute and shortly afterwards Martin Taylor was forced to punch clear from Michael Simpson's sliced clearance. David Joseph fired wide from 25 yard in the sixth minute before a rare break from Wycombe ended with Danny Senda tumbling in the box but claims for a penalty weren't too serious.
County should have taken the lead in the 14th minute when Adam Newton squared from the right to Joseph but the Wycombe fans behind the goal were grateful to see him skew his effort wide of Taylor's right hand upright.
There was more chaos in the Wycombe penalty area in the 20th minute when Joseph made Jamie Bates look like a statue but the County striker couldn't finish.
Two minute later Wycombe had taken a surprise lead when Simpson's through ball wasn't dealt with and Carroll showed his experience by nipping in to score.
The goal completely changed the mood of the game and Wycombe could have extended the lead in the 33rd minute when Roy Essandoh glanced Danny Bulman's cross from the left just wide of the far post.
County's brief rally midway through the second-half was the only threat on the Wycombe goal for the remainder of the game. Ex-Wanderer Mark Stallard shot wide from a narrow angle in the 68th minute with Taylor grounded and then two minutes later 'Macca' played his one-two with the crossbar before sinking to his knees in disbelief.
But Wycombe finished strongly. Carroll and Whittingham combined in the 73rd minute to set up Bulman but Ward got down well to save. A minute later Carroll was denied by a brilliant save by Ward after Carroll had started a move from midfield and then picked up the return ball from Simpson just on the edge of the six yard box.
There were three minutes left on the clock when Bulman made certain of the points - smashing the ball home from the right edge of the six yard box at the second attempt after Senda had delivered from the left.
Final Score Notts County 0 Wycombe 2
Wycombe: Taylor, Vinnicombe, Marsh, McCarthy, Bates, Bulman, Simpson, Carroll, Senda, Whittingham, Essandoh (sub 65 Ryan)
subs not used: Cousins, Lee, Phelan, Harkin
Yellow cards: Vinnicombe (dissent 17), Bulman (foul 29)
Notts County: Ward, Pearce (sub 81 Richardson), Fenton, Ireland, Jacobsen, Newton (sub 81 Moreau), Brough (sub 54 Allsopp), Owers, Nicholson, Stallard, Joseph
subs not used: McDermott, Gibson
Yellow Cards: Jacobsen (dissent 48)
Referee: J Robinson Attendance: 3,522 (149 Wycombe)
Chairboys Stat File
26th April 2001

Division Two
Played 43
Won 14
Drew 12
Lost 17
Goals For 42
Goals Against 50
Position 17th

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 10
Steve Brown
Andy Baird 3
Jamie Bates 3
Keith Ryan 3
Martyn Lee 3
Michael Simpson 3
Dannie Bulman 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Paul McCarthy 2
Sam Parkin 1
Mark Rogers 1
Chris Vinnicombe 1
Danny Senda 1
Guy Whittingham 1
Dave Carroll 1
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