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AXA FA Cup Wigan Athletic v WYCOMBE
Tuesday 30th November
FA Cup Second Round
Wycombe were desperately unlucky to lose at Wigan on Tuesday evening. Andy Baird gave Wycombe a first-half lead and despite conceding an equaliser within five minutes, Wanderers dominated the second-half and had two penalty claims turned down before Wigan stole the game. Manager Lawrie Sanchez was furious with referee Ray Olivier and was quoted on ITV's teletext service as saying "I told him in no uncertain terms. Refs can't walk away from decisions, it was disgraceful. It cost us the best part of 50,000." 
As expected Sanchez stuck with the same eleven that beat Brentford on Saturday with Steve Brown returning on the bench in place of the injured Paul Emblen. The opening goal came after a quiet opening from both teams. Jason Cousins won a disputed tackle in midfield and Baird picked up the chance and beat the Wigan 'keeper in a one-on-one. Wycombe's lead lasted five minutes. A free-kick was given away on the edge of the Wycombe box and after Martin Taylor had lined up the wall,  Andy Liddell's placed shot crept past him despite getting his hand to the ball.
Half-time Wigan 1 Wycombe 1
Wycombe had a catalogue of good chances in the second-half while the home fans were left silenced as their side struggled. Three minutes into the half a free-kick from Wycombe was pushed left but when the ball was returned to Baird, the Wycombe youngster tried to use his feet when a header would have been a better option. Two minutes later Wycombe had the stronger of two penalty claimes turned down. Baird was involved again, when in a packed penalty area he was felled in a challenge by Pat McGibbon on the edge fo the six-yard box. The majority of the 150 Wycombe fans just yards from incident were in no doubt that a spot-kick should have been awarded but the 41 stewards and 2 police-officers were there to keep the peace. A disappointing Dave Carroll was replaced by Steve Brown and three minutes later Brownie broke down the left before centering for McSporran but 'Jock' capped a night to forget when he mis-controlled with the goal at his mercy. Wigan's winner came following another penalty claim from Wycombe. This wasn't as clear-cut as the first and came when a Wycombe attack ended with a shot that smashed into a group of Wigan players and handball was claimed. It would have been a harsh decision but while Wycombe players were still moaning, Wigan had broke down the right through Scott Green and when Jason Cousins completely misjudged his clearance, Simon Haworth slotted past Taylor with ease. Even then Wycombe had chances to take the game into extra-time. As the lock hit 90 minutes Sean Devine saw a shot hit the cross-bar while deep into injury time Keith Ryan could only manage a weak shot from 12 yards.
So after five games, Wycombe finally bow out of this season's competition but will take heart from a good performance against one of the top sides in Division Two. On Saturday Wycombe return to the area again with the trip to Burnley knowing that with a little luck, Wycombe can mix it with the 'big boys'.
Final Score Wigan 2 Wycombe 1
Wycombe Team: Taylor, Lawrence, Vinnicombe, Cousins (sub 85 Harkin), Bates, Carroll (sub 72 Brown), Ryan, Baird, Devine, McSporran, Simpson subs not used Osborn, Bulman, and Beeton Att:3,967

Dave Carroll v Ian Kilford Head to Head stats from Carling Opta

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