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Wycombe Wanderers 4 – 3 Carlisle United

Ten man Wycombe struck twice in injury time to secure three points against mid-table Carlisle United.

The winner came from the most unlikely of sources too, with Marcus Bean volleying home with virtually the last kick of the game.

Here’s how it unfolded:


Regular readers of these pages will know that I’ve been banging on about Beany scoring for some time now and I underlined this insane optimism just two weeks ago on twitter:

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After the game, I spoke with Marcus about the goal, the win and the squad overall:

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Carlisle United 2 Wycombe Wanderers 3

Wycombe Wanderers got back to winning ways at Brunton Park after a nightmare journey to Carlisle the day before.

Commentary highlights

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Paul Hayes post match interview

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Post match thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth

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Wycombe Wanderers 3 Carlisle United 1

A fine home win and yet more green shoots of recovery are appearing.  Gareth Ainsworth oversaw proceedings from what used to be the away dugout and made sure his players covered every blade of grass of the significantly smaller playing surface at Adams Park.  Fans arriving early on Saturday would have immediately noticed the tighter lines, a change implemented to suit the high pressing style that Gareth wants to play and Carlisle were soon to feel the pressure.  

The disappointingly low crowd were treated to an excellent team display across the whole ninety minutes.  Paul Hayes capped a fine captain’s performance with his first goal of the season, his ability to hold the ball up and link up play were a joy to watch.  Personally, I really enjoyed the performance of Paris Cowan-Hall who was a constant threat down the right and his final ball is definitely improving.  He also worked really hard for the team and it was great to see him bully the Crouch-esque figure of Peter Brough in the second half at left back, a true Ainsworth trait.  

Last season I think that Carlisle’s instant response to going behind would have more than likely seen them nick a winner late on.  However, there was never any doubt about who was going to push on and take the points and along with all the other changes, it’s the mentality of the players that is the most encouraging one so far.  

Three games in and the new signings are settling in very well.  I haven’t seen a drastic change in the pattern of play from last season but the main difference is the increase in the quality of the players.  When the ball is moved forwards quickly, the delivery is much better and in Hayes, Wycombe finally have a player who can hold the ball and link the play intelligently.

Gareth may not have much at his disposal in hard currency but he has stamped his authority on this squad and they are starting to perform in his image.  So far so good and to coin a phrase of Luton Town manager John Still, Gareth is controlling the controllables.          

Here are the commentary highlights… 

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The post match thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth are here

After the game I did a bit of moonlighting on BBC Cumbria, discussing the short falls of Carlisle United and the harsh realities of life in League Two. 

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Many thanks, as ever, to Keith Cummings with his help with the match audio.

Music used – Mission Impossible by the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra.  

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Welcome home

August the 14th marked the twenty-first anniversary of Wycombe Wanderers debut in the Football League, a 2-2 draw away at Carlisle United and as if by magic, the Chairboys first home game of this season is against the Cumbrians.

Checking out the excellent Vital Wycombe match preview this week, the statistics for home wins at Adams Park recently makes for pretty grim reading with just six wins in the league from twenty three matches last season.  The results of the last three years at home are the main reason the crowd numbers have dwindled and the club find themselves in a vicious circle as it struggles to sort itself out off the field.  Few can argue that the business completed by Gareth Ainsworth has improved the squad and the first two away games back this up, however it is an improvement of the home form that will really breathe life into the club.

Courtesy of the hard work of Don Woodward and the Trust, the club is back in the hands of the fans and is hopefully through the worst of the storm and can now start to look upwards again under a new chairman in Andrew Howard.  Tomorrow may be the first home game of this season but for me it is the first step in the next phase of recovery for Wycombe Wanderers.  It will be a long road, but hopefully one that eventually leads to the club fulfilling it’s potential once again.

Here are the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth ahead of the home game against Carlisle United…

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This week also contained the tremendous news that Matt Ingram has signed an extension to his contract with the club which sees him committed to Wycombe Wanderers until 2017.  Here is a short interview with Matt, discussing the new deal and also THAT kit and the reasoning behind it…

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