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Stevenage FC 0 – 0 Wycombe Wanderers

A fiercely contested match at Broadhall Way failed to produce a goal but it was an entertaining game with both sides creating chances.

The Chairboys thought they had scored in the first half when goalkeeper, Scott Brown, launched a long free kick into the penalty area which somehow eluded Stevenage stopper Joe Fryer, only to be heroically cleared off the line by a heavily bandaged Ron Henry.

Several Wycombe players were convinced the ball had crossed the line but the referee waved play on and the Chairboys finished the half strongly after what had been a slow start to the game.

The second half was dominated by Wycombe, especially after the introduction of Sam Saunders and Nathan Tyson, who replaced a quiet Eberechi Eze and an industrious Nick Freeman.

Adebayo Akinfenwa was still not 100 per cent fit but nearly broke the deadlock late in the second half with a clever back header that struck the base of the post.

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

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Stevenage 1 Wycombe Wanderers 3

Three wins from four league games whilst averaging two goals per game: things are definitely looking up for Wycombe Wanderers.  Gareth Ainsworth was clearly expecting a tough physical test from Graham Westley’s recently-relegated Stevenage side and his team selection was spot on. A few eyebrows were raised when the news broke that Danny Rowe was starting in midfield ahead of the fit-again Stuart Lewis and Matt Bloomfield. The young centre back had a good game though, adding height, strength and composure in midfield. Steven Craig came in for Matt McClure and whilst the Scottish striker never really looked like scoring, his work rate was excellent, never letting the inexperienced Stevenage rear guard have a moment’s peace.

Speaking of inexperienced defences, I am really enjoying watching the partnership of Aaron Pierre and Alfie Mawson develop. Undoubtably they are still learning their trade, but both are relishing the chance to play regular competitive League football, which makes me wonder what Anthony Stewart does on Saturday afternoons these days? I sincerely hope he finds himself a club soon.

A wonderful strike by Paul Hayes, a ‘well worked’ goal from a set piece, plus two substitutes combining to kill the game resulted in a great day out in Hertfordshire.  The revolution gathers pace but Gareth Ainsworth is still keeping his feet firmly on the ground.  Here are his thoughts after the game… 

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Commentary highlights from myself and Steve Watkins for BBC Three Counties, many thanks to Keith Cummings for the audio.

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A short interview with goalscorer Peter Murphy 

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Go Westley

Ahead of the short trip to Stevenage, I spoke with Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties.

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If you aren’t heading to the Lamex, tune into the the match commentary on BBC Three Counties from 2pm or on Chairboys Player from 2.55pm. 

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