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Chesterfield 3
Saturday 23rd August 2003
Football League Division Two
Simon Patterson on the ball and Iffy Onuora looking on against Chesterfield Wanderers threw away the lead three times and conceded on the stroke of half-time and full-time as they ended up drawing 3-3 with Chesterfield on another warm afternoon at Adams Park.
On loan striker Iffy Onuora made his Wycombe debut alongside Jonny Dixon who was playing his first game of the season following an exploratory leg operation. Elsewhere Steve Dell made his Football League debut after being favoured at right back instead of Danny Senda. Both Onuora and Dell made steady starts in a Wycombe shirt but it will be the overall defensive performance that will be the biggest concern for the Wanderers' management.
In an entertaining game it was Darren Currie who gave Wycombe the lead in the 4th minute with a casual looking strike from the left side of the penalty area. Steve Williams, retaining his place in the side ahead of Frank Talia, made a great two handed save from Chris Brandon after the Wanderers defence were caught out by a cross from the right.
Steve Williams claims a crossHowever, there was nothing Williams could do to prevent the visitors levelling on 15 minutes when Brandon lobbed the Wycombe 'keeper from around 12 yards after the Wycombe defence failed to deal with another cross from the right.
But Wycombe responded five minutes later when a Jermaine McSporran restored the lead with a strike from the right side of the six yard box following an Onuora knock down. That lead could have been extended after 26 minutes when a Currie cross from the left was knocked back again by Onuora only for Michael Simpson to have his shot blocked.
It was more sloppy defending from Wycombe moments before the break that ended with Mark Hudson tucking the ball in at the near post following a cross from the left by Alan O'Hare and the team went in level.
Half-time 2-2
With weather conditions still fairly warm it was no surprise that the pace of the game fell away in the second-half. Williams saved a Hudson free-kick on 56 minutes before a double substitution on 59 minutes by Lawrie Sanchez looked to have turned the game for Wycombe.
Within two minutes of the changes Dannie Bulman, a replacement for Charlie Mapes who had a quiet game, found Currie on the right wing and an inch perfect cross by 'Ruby' found the other substitute Simon Patterson, who headed home with ease with his first touch of the game.
Jermaine McSporran challenges Carl MuggletonThere was an injury scare on 70 minutes when McSporran lunged in for the ball with Chesterfield 'keeper Carl Muggleton. McSporran got the ball but appeared to jar his knee and needed treatment before thankfully being able to carry on, although referee Crick saw fit to book the Wycombe player for the challenge while Muggleton went unpunished.
As the game entered the final minute it looked like Wycombe had done enough to secure all three points but a moment of indecision by Roger Johnson on the bye-line let in Brandon who crossed from the right for Andrew Rushbury to power a header past Williams.
Final Score - Wycombe 3 Chesterfield 3
Wycombe: Williams, Dell, Vinnicombe, Johnson, Rogers, Currie, Simpson, Mapes (sub 59 Bulman), McSporran (sub 88 Senda), Dixon (sub 59 Patterson), Onuora - subs not used: Roberts, Cook
Bookings: McSporran (dangerous play 71)
Scorers: Currie (4), McSporran (20), Patterson (61)
Chesterfield: Muggleton, Uhlenbeek, O'Hare, Dawson, Payne, Allott, Hudson, Evatt, Searle (sub 73 Rushbury), Brandon, Hurst (sub 73 Reeves) - subs not used Richmond, Davies, Burt
Bookings: Allott (74 dissent), Uhlenbeek (82 foul)
Scorers: Brandon (15), Hudson (45+), Rushbury (90+)
Referee: Mr D Crick Attendance: 4,529 (268 away section)
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