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Yeovil Town 1
Saturday 6th November 2004
Football League 'League Two'
Frank Talia and Zema Abbey defend the Wycombe penalty area versus Yeovil A headed goal six minutes from time by Yeovil substitute Bartozs Tarachulski was enough for the visitors to go away with all three points from their first visit to Adams Park in more than 12 years. Wanderers best chance of an even game came on 77 minutes when Ian Stonebridge played in Nathan Tyson down the left channel but Wycombe's top scorer fired high of the target. Frank Talia was replaced at half-time on doctors advice after taking a knock early in the game. Zema Abbey played the final game of his initial one month deal with Wycombe. The defeats means Wanderers have now gone 9 games without a win in the League and are now in 17th place, 11 points behind leaders Scunthorpe United.
Tony Adams stuck with the same starting XI that had beaten Swansea in the midweek LDV tie. The biggest surprise was Abbey get the nod over Tyson. However, the former Norwich City striker was replaced at half-time and could well have played his last game in a Wycombe shirt. Youth Teamer Russell Martin made his first Football League start.
It was Martin who set up Wycombe's first chance of the game on 7 minutes when he found Stonebridge just right of goal but the former Plymouth striker's shot took a deflection and looped narrowly over the crossbar. Stonebridge's luck was not in for the remainder of the half. On 29 minutes he got himself in another good position on the right but his shot was deflected wide again. On the stroke of half-time he shot on the turn but giant Yeovil 'keeper Chris Weale got down to save.
Frank Talia and Adrian Caceres collideIf any of those chances had gone in then Wycombe fans could have been talking about a different result come the end of a game played in constant drizzling conditions. The slippy conditions made ball control awkward and when Adrian Caceres and Frank Talia both went for a loose ball in the Wycombe penalty area after nine minutes, it was Talia who came off worse with a blow to the head that resulted in Wanderers' Club doctor coming on the pitch to make his assessment of the player's condition.
Talia was allowed to continue but was protected in the main by a fairly solid Wycombe defensive performance. One chance that got through came a minute before the break when Gavin Williams curled a free-kick over the Wycombe wall but Talia did well to push the ball over from under the crossbar.
Half-time 0-0
With Talia and Abbey replaced at the break it meant that Wycombe were playing with an XI that included nine players of 21 years old or under - the 'old boy' in the side being Danny Senda at 23 years and seven months. Senda, given the honour of the Captain's armband, almost broke the deadlock on 51 minutes when his free-kick from out on the left wing was cleared off the line by Andrejs Stolcers. However, it was from this point that the visitors began to press more. It took a well timed challenge by Millwall loanee Tony Craig to stop a Yeovil attack down their left channel on the hour mark while Kevin Gall fired over after an inviting cross from the left on 75 minutes.
Tyson's golden opportunity with thirteen minutes left on the clock was left to look costly when Tarachulski headed in the winner a few minutes later. The goal came after a ball played across from the right of midfield saw Craig slip and then Kevin Gall also lose his footing on the left bye-line. However, Gall recovered to deliver a ball that Tarachulski converted past Steve Williams to send the West Country visitors home happy and leave Wycombe looking at themselves again for more finishing prowess.
Final Score - Wycombe 0 Yeovil 1
Tony Adams had to dash off after the game to attend a previously arranged Firework display. Wanderers' Head Coach Peter Cawley fielded the press conference and said to BBC 3 Counties Radio "We are disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance against a very decent Yeovil team." He added "I thought we competed very well. Unfortunately it didn't look like we were going to create too many chances. The one that did fall to Nathan (Tyson) we missed and they go down the other end and score a goal. You can't fault the lads' workrate. They worked incredibly hard today to match a very decent team." And Cawley remained upbeat by saying "We will look to bounce back. There are a lot of positives to be taken from today's performance, especially defensively. Hopefully we can move that on. If you don't concede goals at this level of football you've always got the opportunity to go and break a team down, be it set piece or a goal like theirs today."
Meanwhile, Yeovil boss Gary Johnson commented in the press conference "We were the ones that were determined to come and win the game. It was a game in which we had to work very hard to break them down. Tony has got them organised. Myself and Thommo (Steve Thompson) came down to watch them in midweek and they played that shape - the 4-5-1. It is difficult to break down and you have to be very patient. You have to play your football and you have to wait for an opening. Then your quality has got to come out. It took a quality cross and a quality finish by our two substitutes to do it. I'm not that patient that I can wait for 89 minutes, but when it came it was well received."
The meeting with Yeovil marked the one year anniversary of Tony Adams appointment as Wycombe Manager. Read his comments to the press.
Wycombe: Talia (sub HT Williams), Silk, Craig, Johnson, Williamson, Senda, Bloomfield (sub 91 Ryan), Martin, Birchall, Stonebridge, Abbey (sub HT Tyson) - subs not used: Uhlenbeek, Nethercott
Bookings: none
Scorers: none
Yeovil: Weale, Rose, Guyett, Fontaine (sub 58 O'Brien), Terry, Caceres (sub 71 Gall), Way, Williams, Johnson, Jevons, Stolcers (sub 60 Tarachulski) - subs not used: Collis, Lindegaard
Bookings: Jeevons (92 kicking the ball away)
Scorers: Tarachulski (84)
Referee: Grant Hegley Attendance: 5,453 (away end 916)
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