Vital Football

Latest Wycombe Wanderers News

Wycombe Win to keep their hopes alive

Wycombe Win to keep their hopes alive


Wycombe Wanderers kept their survival hopes alive with a fully-deserved 2-0 win over Hartlepool United at Adams Park this afternoon.


The Chairboys were by far the better team, and during the second-half in particular, relentlessly attacked the Hartlepool goal with a determination epitomised by the superb performance of man-of-the-match Alex Revell.

The visitors came into this game on the back of two straight wins, but apart from a few isolated incidents they offered little going forward and Blues' keeper Tom Heaton didn't have a shot to save all afternoon.

There's still a mountain to climb if Wycombe are to pull-off an unlikely great escape, but everyone at Adams Park this afternoon knew that failure to win this game would extinguish any remaining glimmer of hope.

Against that backdrop, it was a nervy start from the Chairboys who took time to settle and weren't helped by yet another injury to their already threadbare defence. This week it was team-captain Adam Hinshelwood who hobbled off after only 18 minutes and with no recognised centre-half on the bench, he was replaced by full-back Lewis Hunt who has only occasionally played in central-defence at a previous club.

Slowly but surely the Blues began to warm to their task and they created several goalscoring opportunities during the first-half. A spectacular overhead kick from Gareth Ainsworth was just too high, as was a 20 yard drive from Lewis Montrose which came in the wake of a frustrating goalmouth scramble..

Alex Revell was playing like a man possessed, and after battling for the ball on the right flank he emerged from a challenge and cut back a superb cross from the bye-line which neither Jon-Paul Pittman nor Kevin Betsy were able to convert.

The second-half saw Wycombe lay siege to the Hartlepool goal and the longer it went on without them scoring, the more you couldn't help thinking it was going to be another one of those days.

Hunt's header from a corner hit the post. Several good balls flew across the face of the Hartlepool goal with no-one in position to convert them. Pittman volleyed a good chance wide of target. It was all so familiar and you fully expected the visitors to nip up the other end at any moment and score the only goal of the game to complete the sense of de ja vue.

But Wycombe kept at it and their persistence was rewarded when Pittman controlled a Craig Woodman cross before poking the ball home for the opening goal after 66 minutes.

Rather than sit back, the Chairboys went looking for a second goal and Alex Revell worked hard to win the ball on the left flank this time, only to see his audacious shot narrowly miss from an acute angle.

Not to be outdone, the lively Pittman robbed Pools' keeper Scott Flinders on the right flank and after emerging with the ball, tried a shot from an impossible angle, when he might have been better exploring other options.

JP had been a handful for the Hartlepool defence all afternoon and received a well-deserved round of applause when he was replaced by Matt Phillips with 10 minutes to go.

But just a few moments later the home fans were collectively holding their breath and waiting for the worst to happen when the ball fell to Pools' Andy Monkhouse totally unmarked inside the Wycombe penalty area. Thankfully, he was too slow to react and a horde of blue shirts piled-in to scramble the ball clear.

The crucial second goal was scored after 88 minutes by Matt Phillips. The youngster had looked lively since his introduction and after collecting a pass from Alex Revell he cleverly out-foxed a Pools' defender before rifling the ball into the net in front of a delighted home terrace.

Now only seven points below 20th placed Leyton Orient, today's result gives Wycombe some genuine hope. The Chairboys take on relegation rivals Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday evening, while at the same time Orient face league-leaders Norwich City. It's not over yet.


Man of The Match - Alex Revell

Revell chased everything and battled for the ball as if his life depended on it. He also tracked back, made intelligent runs into wide positions, created chances for others and had several attempts on goal himself. It was the sort of performance you would expect from a long-serving player who couldn't bear the thought of his club being relegated, not a loanee who's only been here for five minutes.


Line-Up

Heaton, Mousinho, Hinshelwood (Hunt 18), Westwood, Woodman, Ainsworth, Bloomfield, Montrose, Betsy, Revell, Pittman (Phillips 80)

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Len
Date:Saturday April 10 2010
Time: 8:57PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Articles

A Vital Challenge - Ben Nevis To Face The Fear

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Who Will Wycombe Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Single goal defeat in Wycombe`s final home game

Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Accrington Stanley

The Opposition View - Accrington Stanley

What Stanley had to say about yesterday's game

Archived Vital Wycombe Articles

Vital Wycombe articles from

Site Journalists

Len
Editor email
Profile
Benny
no email
Profile
Dale Jenkins
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who was your Man of the Match against Stanley?
Suggested By:
Siegrist57%
McCarthy0%
Stewart0%
Pierre0%
Jombati0%
Harriman0%
Bean7%
Rowe33%
Sellars0%
Hayes3%
Thompson0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 45 28 12 5 96 35
2 Accrington 45 24 12 9 84 26
3 Oxford 45 23 14 8 83 40
4 Bristol Rovers 45 25 7 13 82 30
5 Portsmouth 45 21 15 9 78 32
6 Plymouth 45 23 9 13 78 21
7 Wimbledon 45 20 12 13 72 13
8 Cambridge 45 18 13 14 67 11
9 Leyton Orient 45 18 12 15 66 -2
10 Wycombe 45 17 13 15 64 4
11 Exeter 45 17 13 15 64 1
12 Carlisle 45 16 16 13 64 0
13 Mansfield 45 17 12 16 63 8
14 Luton 45 18 9 18 63 -1
15 Barnet 45 16 11 18 59 -4
16 Hartlepool 45 15 6 24 51 -18
17 Notts County 45 14 9 22 51 -24
18 Yeovil 45 11 15 19 48 -15
19 Stevenage 45 11 14 20 47 -15
20 Crawley 45 13 8 24 47 -30
21 Morecambe 45 12 9 24 45 -22
22 Newport 45 10 13 22 43 -20
R Dag & Red 45 8 10 27 34 -34
R York 45 7 12 26 33 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Results (view all)

Wycombe Wanderers Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Oxford United (a)
Sky Bet League Two