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Pre -season
Wycombe v QPR
Tuesday 25th July 2000
Mo Harkin - Man of the Match - pic Paul DennisMo Harkin scored his second goal of the pre-season programme as he continued to impress the watching fans and Manager Lawrie Sanchez.
Harkin, who scored in Saturday's 2-0 victory at Boreham Wood, was on target again in the sixth minute when he drove a low shot past Rangers 'keeper Lee Harper following a right wing exchange between Dannie Bulman and Jermaine McSporran.
A strong QPR team were level within two minutes when Ian Baraclough's right sided corner was headed onto the Wycombe cross-bar by Karl Ready only for R's Assistant Manager, Iain Dowie to head past Martin Taylor.
Loan signing Steve Jones still looked to be finding his feet when he missed a golden opportunity to restore Wycombe's lead on nine minutes. He was presented with a one on one after Blackpool signing Clark Carlisle gave the ball away but Jones pushed the ball wide of the left hand upright.
Wycombe had further chances. On 24 minutes Jamie Bates struck a low free-kick to Harper's left but the Ranger's keeper got down well to block. Then three minutes later Harkin picked up the pieces after Jones had lost possession in midfield. Harkin danced into the area only to see his shot brilliantly saved by Harper.
However, it was QPR went into a 2-1 lead in the 36th minute. Gavin Peacock delivered the ball from the left wing and after Dowie had knocked the ball on, Stuart Wardley converted with an overhead kick that went in off Taylor's upright.
The final goal of the evening came on the stroke of half-time in rather bizzare circumstances. Harkin played through Jones and as Rangers' looked for the offside flag the ball ended in the net as Jones and Ready challenged. Jones later claimed the goal but judging by the reaction of the players it was Ready who got the vital touch.
Half-time 2-2
The second half was always going to be an anti-climax with 15 substitutes waiting to enter the game but there was the added farce of having to begin play without any floodlights. The lights failed to activate and after a discussion between Referee Dermot Gallagher and both Managers, it was agreed to start the game anyway. Thankfully the lights were restored with a few minutes as Rangers began to take the upper hand. Mathew Rose saw a 25 yard header saill just over Taylor's bar two minutes into the second period while minutes later ex-Wrexham striker Karl Connolly headed fractionally over from Wardley's left wing cross.
Wycombe's best efforts came when McSporran raced into the Rangers box after 56 minutes but the shaven-headed Ready cut the ball out at the last moment. Bulman and Steve Brown also saw shots go wide and saved respectively to keep the interest going.
Six Wycombe substitutes included Stewart Castledine appearing for the first time since his move from Wimbledon. Other team news saw Martin Taylor return after his minor close season strain, while Andy Baird was missing with a bout of flu.
Richard Langley provide the large contingent from West London with their best moment of the second-half when his fancy footwork ended with a 30 yard effort going just high of Martin Taylor's goal with ten minutes left on the clock.
Final Score Wycombe 2 QPR 2
Wycombe: Taylor, Rogers (sub 71 Cousins), Vinnicombe (sub 83 Beeton), McCarthy, Bates, Harkin (sub 83 Lee), Simpson, Brown (sub 83 Brady), Bulman (sub 65 Castledine), Jones, McSporran (sub 61 Senda)
sub not used: Osborn
QPR: Harper, Perry (sub 65 Heinola), Baraclough (sub HT Darlington), Carlisle, Ready (sub 57 Morrow) Rose (sub 78 Graham), Langley, Peacock (sub 65 Rowland), Dowie (sub 78 Kulcsar), Connelly (sub 57 Jeanne), Wardley
subs not used: Miklosko, Bubb
Referee:Dermot Gallagher Att:2,362 (770 QPR)
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