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Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 Scunthorpe United

Wycombe Wanderers fought back from 2-0 down against Scunthorpe United to win their second successive home game in EFL1.

The Chairboys were facing a mountain to climb after just seven minutes as The Iron waltzed into a two goal lead but goals from Dominic Gape and Fred Onyedinma set the game up for a thrilling conclusion.

A home victory had looked unlikely after Chairboys goalkeeper Ryan Allsop was shown a straight red card for scything down Ike Ugbo, a foul which the referee judged to be denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. However, the experienced Wanderers striker Craig Mackail-Smith capitalised on a defensive error by The Iron’s skipper Rory McArdle to calmly take all three points in injury time.

After the game, I spoke with the Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth:

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Richard Dobson and Gareth Ainsworth

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Crewe Alexandra 2 – 3 Wycombe Wanderers

3-2 to the Wanderers against Crewe for the second time this season and with both games providing injury time winners.

Here’s the story of the game (including a brief retrospective of the winner at Adams Park earlier in the season):

 

It was all too much for the home manager, David Artell, who was sent off for his protests as the Chairboys went 2-1 up on ’82 minutes, after what looked to be an obvious handball in the build up.

Crucially, both the referee and his assistant didn’t see it and the bespectacled Crewe manager was dispatched to the stands after going over the top in his protestations.

His glasses would have been steaming up again ten minutes later as after Crewe had scored on ’88 minutes, it looked like they were on for their first draw in 25 league games.

It was not to be, as a defensive horror show opened the door for Craig Mackail-Smith to score his ninth goal of the season and snatch the winner for the Chairboys deep into injury time.

Wild celebrations erupted in the away end as the win made sure Wycombe Wanderers remained hot on the heels of the top three in League Two.

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It had been a sad week for the club and the game overall, with the sudden death of former player and pioneer, Cyrille Regis.

Football has a strange habit of throwing up poignant little statistics and just prior to the impeccably observed minutes silence for Cyrille before kick off, the PA announcer informed us all that the last time Wycombe had won a league game at Gresty Road was in 1994, and Cyrille scored the winner that day.

Football can be a funny old game sometimes.

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After the game, I spoke with Chairboys manager, Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties:

 

 

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RIP Cyrille Regis

Football remembers the great Cyrille Regis

 

 

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Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smith enjoy the moment with the fans

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Wycombe Wanderers 4 – 0 Crawley Town

A ruthless second half performance from the Chairboys swept aside Crawley Town at a rainy Adams Park.

Eberichi Eze waltzed his way through the Crawley backline shortly after half-time to open the scoring and it was all Wycombe from then on.

Craig Mackail-Smith bagged a wonderful eleven minute hat-trick to complete the scoring and earn him the man of the match award.

I spoke to the striker after the game:

 

I also interviewed Gareth Ainsworth, and the Wycombe Wanderers manager was very happy to see the hard work from training paying off on match day:

On the final whistle, there were heated scenes involving the Crawley Town manager, Harry Kewell, and some of the travelling fans which required the intervention of stewards and some of the players.

The win moves Wycombe up to sixth in the table ahead of the long mid week trip to Accrington Stanley, who currently occupy the final automatic promotion place.

That game will be live on BBC Three Counties 630/1161MW and iFollow with Matt Cecil and Tom Jarvis.

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