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Wanderers' attacking intentions for the night were reflected in John Gorman's team selection. Rob Lee was rested and Sergio Torres moved to the bench as a front three, including Jonny Dixon, laid seige on the Villa defence. It paid dividends in the 6th minute when Senda's cross from the right was headed in bravely at the far post by Tyson. It was never going to be only goal of the night. Villa looked like scoring each time they headed towards the Wycombe goal. Milner volleyed wide on 11 minutes and then on 14 minutes Czech Republic international Baros cut in from the right and squared for Steve Davis to thump past Talia from the edge of the box.
Wanderers' response leading up to the break was probably one of the most exciting 30 minutes of football seen at Adams Park. On 16 minutes Joe Burnell curled an effort wide of the right hand post after Dixon had provided from the right and two minutes later Wycombe had regained the lead when Stefan Oakes' deep corner from the left saw Johnson loop a header back into the opposite corner of the net. Mike Williams went close with a header on 30 minutes as the Premiership side continued to struggle. Wanderers' third goal on 39 minutes was another header as Oakes curled a ball in from the left that Mooney stooped in to make the score 3-1 at the interval.
Villa reduced the defecit three minutes after the restart when Baros slotted home after a low cross from the right. Perhaps significantly Tyson limped off injured in the 54th minute to be replaced by Torres but again Wycombe refused to sit on the lead. Another spell of Wycombe pressure saw Bloomfield and Mooney go close while an exchange on the left wing between Mooney and Torres where both players back-heeled passes had the home crowd baiting the opposition.
Villa's equaliser on 64 minutes saw Milner's shot from 20 yards take a cruel deflection off Johnson. Bloomfield shot straight at the 'keeper three minutes later before Wycombe's night began to fall apart. Easton stretched a leg out in an attempt to cut off a through ball on 69 minutes but could only watch in horror as the ball flew past Talia and into his own net. Talia saved from Baros moments later but a controversial decision on 72 minutes gave Villa a penalty and at 5-3 the game was now beyond Wycombe.
However, it didn't stop Dixon seeing a cross/shot from the right tipped onto the bar on 73 minutes and after Barry had made it 6-3 Torres was unlucky to see an effort from the left side of the penalty area hit the right hand upright. Goals from Milner and Davis in the dying moments were cruel for Wycombe on a evening of swinging fortunes for both sides.
Final Score - Wycombe 3 Aston Villa 8
Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio after the game, John Gorman said "It's a horrible night in the end for the boys, myself, Brownie and Rhino because the first half was scary really. It was so scary we were starting to believe we were special and we probably angered them into playing so well in the second-half. But everything that could go wrong, went wrong in the second-half." The Wycombe boss bemoaned the penalty decision that he said ruined the evening for Wycombe, adding "We were still trying to get a goal. If we were a horrible Second Division team we would have just booted the ball and said we are 3-1 up and put it in the stand, waste time and do everything we can to win the game. But we didn't do that and nearly got the fourth goal after half-time with Tommy Mooney and Matty Bloomfield." He continued "We never saw them until after the fifth goal and then they murdered us after that and it was embarassing." Gorman concluded by restating his desire to continue playing entertaining football, saying "A lesser team in our division would have not played pretty, they would have just tried to get a result. At 3-1 it would have just been, waste time, kick the ball anywhere, but it's just not our style. We want to play and will continue to play because in our League if we play like that we will we be 3-1 up at half time and we aren't going to lose the game."
Meanwhile, Villa boss David O'Leary commented on the way some of the Villa fans had booed his side at the break, commenting "There is a genuine bunch of fans and then there is a fickle mob who get on your back very quickly. You have to let it go right over your head. Fans want you out one minute and to get a new contract the next." He added "We gave poor goals away and there were a few reminders at half time, a few things to be said. In the end we ran out worthy winners and scored from good chances - I was very proud of them in the second half."
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