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Wycombe Wanderers - click here for your Rough Guide to The Chairboys Wycombe Wanderers 2 Swansea City
Swansea City 1
Saturday 23rd December 2000
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Dave Carroll - back again - picture Paul DennisTwo goals within five first-half minutes from Andy Rammell were enough to see off a plucky Swansea City side at Adams Park. With Dave Carroll back in the starting line-up for the first time this season, it was Rammell's efforts that gave Wycombe the breathing space in a second-half dominated by the Welsh side.
The visitors, without a win in ten League games, made a positive start with the recalled Giovanni Savarese heading just wide at the far post from David Roma's corner. However, Swansea problems were exposed in the 10th minute when Chris Vinnicombe found room on the left before delivering a cross that Rammell headed wide under pressure.
Rammell, was under no pressure when he opened the scoring in the 17th minute following a slick move by The Wanderers from midfield. Michael Simpson's pass found Vinnicombe out on the left and his curling cross was only half-cleared to Niall Thompson, then as the Canadian's shot looked to be going wide, Rammell was there to re-direct the ball past City 'keeper Roger Freestone with his head from close range. There were claims of offside from Matt Bound and Jason Smith but ironically these were the two players playing Rammell on-side.
Wycombe could have doubled their lead three minutes later when a looping cross from the right by Steve Brown found Rammell at the far post but the ex-Walsall man scuffed his shot wide. Rammell made no mistake though to make the score 2-0 in the 22nd minute. It was another move down the left, this time a superb one-two between Carroll and Dannie Bulman, ending with Carroll's cross being headed onto to an unmarked Rammell, who picked his spot with ease at the far post.
A bizarre decision on 35 minutes cost Wycombe the chance to make it 3-0 after Steve Brown looked to have been felled by City defender Matt Bound just inside the penalty area. However, referee Uriah Rennie, making his second visit to Adams Park within a week, gave an offside decision to Swansea after a signal from his assistant.
Wycombe went into the break leading by two goals in a league game for the first time in well over a year.
Half-time Wycombe 2 Swansea 0
It could have been 3-0 six minutes into the second-half when Swansea made a mess dealing with a Ben Townsend cross from the right but Thompson could only drive the ball into the side netting.
A third goal then would have killed off City but as Wycombe sat back the visitors pressed. Savarese should have scored on 52 minutes when he shot wide when Martin Taylor couldn't hold Ryan Casey's shot and when substitute Stuart Roberts pulled one back on 68 minutes, the final result was always in doubt. Roberts made an immediate impact after he had come on four minutes earlier, taking the ball down the left wing before sending in a low cross that Wycombe fans were thankful to see unconverted and eventually cleared. Moments later though Roberts latched onto a through ball by Savarese before striking past Taylor from 18 yards.
Thankfully the Wanderers managed to hang on as Sam Parkin, Danny Senda and Keith Ryan were sent on to give some fresh legs. Parkin saw another Wycombe penalty claim turned away with six minutes left after he looked to be impeded by Jason Smith.
A mad scramble in the second-minute of stoppage in the Wycombe penalty area meant that it was Wycombe who were thankful to hear the final whistle in a game where the result was far more important than the performance. Wycombe go back to 8th place in the table after dropping a place following Friday's results.
Full-time Wycombe 2 Swansea 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Townsend, Vinnicombe, Cousins, McCarthy, Carroll (sub 63 Parkin), Brown, Simpson, Bulman (sub 76 Ryan), Rammell, Thompson (sub 71 Senda)
subs not used: Rogers, Harkin
Yellow Cards: McCarthy (35 foul), Cousins (40 foul) 
Swansea: Freestone, S Jones, Howard, Cusack, Smith, Bound, Thomas (sub 44 Watkin), Savarese, Price, Casey, Roma (sub 62 Roberts)
subs not used: Mounty, O'Leary, Lacey
Yellow Cards: Thomas (37 foul), Watkin (62 foul), Howard (85 foul)
Referee: Uriah Rennie Attendance: 5,001 (317 away)
Chairboys Stat File
23rd Dec 2000

Division Two
Goals For
Goals Against

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 8
Steve Brown
Andy Baird 3
Jamie Bates 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Dannie Bulman 1
Sam Parkin 1

Paul McCarthy 1
Michael Simpson 1
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Tue 19th Dec 2000
FA Cup 2nd Round
Wycombe 2
Millwall 1

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Division Two
Wigan Athletic 2
Wycombe 1

Sun 10th Dec 2000
FA Cup 2nd Round
Millwall 0
Wycombe 0
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