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Tuesday 18th March 2003
Football League Division Two
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Gavin Holligan came off the bench to score the winning goal with just 90 seconds of normal time remaining at Peterborough. In a game littered with defence errors but also fantastic saves from both 'keepers it was Wycombe who had taken the lead in the 37th minute when Darren Currie's corner from the right was headed goalwards by Andy Thomson allowing Mark Rogers to get the final touch over the line.
However, the home side equalised two minutes before the break when Richard Scott's shot was blocked but looped up before a poor punch by Frank Talia allowed Andy Clarke to side foot home. Talia made amends for the slip with saves from Adam Newton and Matthew Gill later in the game and just when it looked like a stalemate was on the cards, another late substitute Andy Rammell passed to Currie who created room before setting up Danny Senda on the right whose cross was struck home at the far post by the left foot of Holligan into the top corner of the net.
Wanderers had been unchanged for this game - Darren Currie retaining his place with Michael Simpson serving the second of his three match ban.
In front of the lowest gate of the season at London Road it was Wanderers who had two great chances to take the lead inside the opening five minutes. The first fell on two minutes when Mark Arber made a mess of Danny Senda's through ball but with Jermaine McSporran left with a 'one on one' the shot was weak and wide of the target. Then two minutes later another error by Arber let in Jonny Dixon whose attempt eventually fell in the path of Steve Brown but again the Wycombe player couldn't find the net.
With those chances gone it was the home side who began to come more into the game. Andy Clarke got past Keith Ryan on 23 minutes but Talia got enough on the angled shot to avert the danger. Talia also tipped over a Gareth Jelleyman effort on 33 minutes before Wanderers broke the deadlock eight minutes before the break. Dixon and McSporran combined to force a corner on the right and Currie's precision delivery was met by the head of Thomson with Rogers claiming the final touch that took the ball over the line.
But Wycombe couldn't hold the lead until the break as more eratic defending cost dearly. On 42 minutes Scott's shot wasn't dealt with by the Wanderers defence giving Clarke the chance for his 14th League goal of the season.
Half-time Peterborough 1 Wycombe 1
The second half was another open affair but one where the home side began to get slightly on top. Talia was forced to tip an Arber effort around the post in the 52nd minute but in Wycombe's first real attack of the half on 57 minutes it was Dixon who went close when his snap shot from Senda's cross rattled the upright.
Adam Newton was denied by another great save from Talia on 65 minutes before Wycombe made their first substitution of the evening with Holligan coming on for McSporran. The change livened up Wycombe and shortly afterwards it was Holligan who fired a shot over the Posh bar following a decent ball in from Keith Ryan.
At the other end it was dangerman Clarke who went close with an 83rd minute shot that went into the side netting while moments later Dixon, who appeared to have picked up a knock, was replaced by Rammell.
Both sides then had chances to win the game. On 86 minutes former Luton Town striker Andrew Fotiadis played in Matthew Gill but Talia blocked at point blank range. Then in dramatic fashion the play switched to the other end where Brown was left with a 'one on one' but Mark Tyler came out to save with his feet.
Then with just over a minute remaining Rammell, Currie and Senda combined to give Holligan a chance and he grabbed it to snatch a rare double over Posh and dump Barry Fry's deep in relegation trouble. Wanderers remain in 11th place with 49 points from 38 games.
Final Score Peterborough 1 Wycombe 2
Wycombe: Talia, Thomson, Rogers, Johnson, Senda, Ryan, Brown (sub 89 Lee), Bulman, Currie, McSporran (sub 70 Holligan), Dixon (sub 85 Rammell) - subs not used: Cook, McCarthy
Yellow Cards: Brown (foul 16)
Peterborough: Tyler, Hendon, Arber, Rea (sub 24 St.Ledger), Gill, Newton, Scott, Strachan, Jelleyman, Clarke, Lee (sub 75 Fotiadis) - subs not used: Farrell, Danielsson, Fenn
Yellow Card: none
Referee: Graham Laws Attendance: 3,627 (235 away end)
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