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Peterborough United 2
Saturday 19th October 2002
Football League Division Two
Andy Rammell
Andy Rammell - Involved in both of Wycombe's opening goals
Wanderers battled their way to a 3-2 victory over Peterborough United on Saturday afternoon in a scrappy but sometimes entertaining encounter. Frank Talia, standing in for the suspended Martin Taylor, kept Wycombe in the game with some good stops early on before Michael Simpson fired Wanderers into the lead after 32 minutes. Three minutes later Wycombe were 2-0 up when Steve Brown converted a spot-kick after Craig Faulconbridge had been fouled. Posh were given a lifeline six minutes before the break when David Farrell's cross from the left was slid in at the far post by Bradley Allen.
After the interval the visitors searched for an equaliser with Andy Clarke looking particularly threatening. However, with five minutes remaining Danny Senda finished off from close range after substitute Sean Devine had done the hard work from the left channel. Jimmy Bullard pulled a goal back in stoppage time but Wycombe hung on for three deserved points.
The game saw Lawrie Sanchez make just two changes from the side that lost narrowly at Cardiff the previous week. Both changes were inforced with Darren Currie coming in for the injured Stuart Roberts in addition to the 'keeper situation.
The first half was classic end to end stuff. Within two minutes of kick-off Sagi Burton looped a header goalwards following in a ball in from the right but Talia was on hand to tip the ball over the Valley End cross-bar. A minute later the play had switched to the other end where Currie's low shot from the left side of the Posh penalty area was pushed away for a corner by Mark Tyler in the visitors goal.
Wycombe controlled much of the midfield play but Posh looked dangerous on the break and on 16 minutes Clarke's through ball to Matthew Gill across to the right wing gave the Posh player a clear run on goal but fortunately Talia was equal again, getting down to his right to save before the ball was eventually cleared.
Wanderers responded when Simpson got the ball across from the left bye-line on 23 minutes but after the ball had eluded a trio of Wycombe players the clearance was picked up by Senda only for his shot to be high of the target.
Andy Rammell's acrobatic shot on the turn three minutes later was also off target before Talia was forced into action again, this time reacting quickly and bravely to collect at the feet of Clarke as the Posh man was left free on the left edge of the six yard box. To complete this particular swing of action, Simpson shot wide from Brown's chipped delivery from the left.
Steve Brown in action against PeterboroughWycombe's breakthrough on 32 minutes came following a move down the right wing where Senda delivered the ball into the heart of the penalty area where Rammell and Faulconbridge combined to push the ball through to Simpson who made no mistake by directing the ball past Tyler.
Three minutes later Wycombe had doubled their lead when Rammell knocked the ball through to Faulconbridge and a clumsy challenge by Burton was enough for referee Tony Bates to point to the spot. Brown converted his second spot kick of the month to give Wycombe some breathing space.
Friction crept into the game on 37 minutes with both Burton and Rammell being shown yellow cards for an exchange just inside the Peterborough half and close to the players tunnell. On another day both player could have walking down the tunnel.
The visitors were allowed back into the game six minutes before the break when former Wycombe striker David Farrell got past Senda down the left wing and the inviting cross to the far post was slid home by Allen despite efforts by both Andy Thomson and Talia to block.
Faulconbridge had an opportunity to restore Wycombe's two goal lead on 44 minutes but he failed to take advantage of Tyler's poor clearance - shooting wide from a narrow angle on the left. Then in first half stoppage time Talia picked out Bullard's free-kick with relative ease.
Half-time Wycombe 2 Peterborough 1
The second-half did not match the first for entertainment as the game was broken up by a series of bookings and niggly challenges. Barry Fry made two changes at the break but it was the ever threatening Clarke who shot over two minutes into the second period to make it clear the game was far from over.
Wanderers clearly needed a third goal and it nearly came on 50 minutes when Rammell's outstretched leg was close to converting Senda's right wing cross. Brown then saw the return from the opposite side of goal blocked.
Paul McCarthy might consider himself lucky to escape a red card on 59 minutes when he handballed a through ball but it was far enough from goal for the referee to see pity. However, Macca's fifth yellow of the season will see him miss the home game with Swindon on Saturday 2nd November.
Clarke was frustrated again by Talia on the hour mark before Lawrie Sanchez decided to close ranks and replace Currie with Mark Rogers and move Senda into a slightly more attacking role. The move kept Posh at bay and victory was finally sealed in the 85th minute following the introduction of both Richard Harris and Sean Devine. After another 'exchange', this time between Devine and Marc Joseph, it was Harris who headed on the ball to Devine down the left before the former leading goal scorer forced his way into the penalty area only to see his shot cannon out but then converted by Senda from close range.
Danny Senda scores Wycombe's third goal
Bullard's strike deep in stoppage time from 20 yards was too late to save the day for Peterborough who have still never won at Adams Park in seven attempts. Meanwhile Wycombe can reflect on their third league victory in four and a move to 13th place in the Division Two table.
Final Score Wycombe 3 Peterborough 2
Wycombe: Taylor, Senda, Thomson, McCarthy, Vinnicombe, Currie (sub 73 Rogers), Ryan, Simpson, Brown, Faulconbridge (sub 79 Devine), Rammell (sub 75 Harris) subs not used: Johnson, Cook
Yellow Cards: Rammell (foul 37), McCarthy (handball 59), Simpson(foul 63), Devine (foul 82)
Peterborough: Tyler, Rea, Edwards (sub HT Newton), Burton (sub 71 Joseph), Gill, Bullard, Shields, Hyde (sub HT Green), Farrell, Andy Clarke, Allen subs not used: Lee, Danielsson
Yellow Cards: Burton (ungentlemanly conduct 37), Edwards (foul 45)
Referee: Tony Bates (Stoke-on-Trent) Attendance: 5,539 (378 Posh)
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