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Swindon Town 3
Saturday 17th April 2004
Football League Division Two
Lee Worgan Wanderers went into this meeting against promotion chasing Swindon Town with just pride to play for and came out with very little as the visitors strolled to a 3-0 victory. An experimental line-up saw Wanderers start the game with a back three of Ian Simpemba, Mark Rogers and Stuart Nethercott, while up front there was the trio of Jonny Dixon, Nathan Tyson and Roger Johnson. Lee Worgan continued in goal and the on loan 'keeper produced a number of decent saves to keep the score down to a relatively respectable level and win himself the Man of the Match award.
Wanderers started brightly enough, with Michael Simpson directing an angled shot from the left straight into the arms of visiting 'keeper Rhys Evans on six minutes but a minute later Wanderers' three man defence was breached at the first attempt when Stefan Miglioranzi waltzed in from the right channel and casually place a shot that cannoned in off the near post and into the far corner of the net.
Dannie Bulman almost caught out Evans with a shot directly after the restart while a Currie cross from the left on 23 minutes saw Johnson's downward headed saved at the far post. Simpson went close again on the half-hour mark while three minutes later Danny Senda clipped the crossbar with a free-kick for Wanderers best chance of the half. With the half drawing to a close, Mark Rogers saw a header picked out by Evans while at the other end Worgan saved from former Wanderer Sam Parkin.
Half-time Wycombe 0 Swindon 1
Wanderers fate for the day was virtually sealed on 54 minutes when Mark Rogers directed a ball from the left of defence straight to the feet of Parkin and the ex-Chelsea trainee ran on to finish in style past Worgan and spark mass celebration in the away end.
A disconsolate Rogers was replaced by Steve Brown shortly afterwards but it failed to inspire Wycombe. Swindon completed their scoring on 74 minutes when Andrew Gurney smashed home a penalty following a handball decision against Senda. Wanderers' day was summed up in the 84th minute when Nathan Tyson sliced wide after being put in the clear by a Charlie Mapes through ball. In the closing minutes Worgan saved from Rory Fallon to prevent further misery for Wanderers supporters.
Final Score - Wycombe 0 Swindon 3 - Att: 5,769 (away end 1,678)
Speaking after the game Tony Adams gave his honest assessment by saying "I think it was men against boys today and they were better than us in every department." Talking of next season, he said "I'm certainly going to be aiming to take this team straight back up from the Third Division but it'll be difficult. There's always been lots of effort and endeavour here but, at the moment, we're just not good enough. All I can say at this stage is that we are putting things in place to be successful next season."
Commenting on the experiment to play Roger Johnson up front, Adams added "He was very raw and understandably. He's got loads of desire but I didn't think it worked. I've not totally ruled it out for ever but I'm going to have a reflection on that one, have a look at it and then see where we are going to take Roger Johnson."
Wycombe: Worgan, Simpemba, Rogers (sub 55 Brown), Nethercott, Senda, Simpson, Bulman (sub 75 Mapes), Currie (sub 75 Philo), Johnson, Dixon, Tyson - subs not used: Bloomfield, Vinnicombe
Bookings: none
Swindon: Evans, Gurney, Heywood, O'Hanlon (sub 83 Viveash), Nicholas, Igoe, Miglioranzi, Hewlett, Duke (sub 66 Howard), Parkin (sub 66 Mooney), Fallon - subs not used Griemink, Reeves
Bookings: none
Scorers: Miglioranzi (7), Parkin (54), Gurney (74, pen)
Referee: Steve Tanner Attendance: 5,769 (away end 1,678)
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