UK time is: 02:01:12
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Defeat leaves Blues feeling Saddle sore


Wycombe Wanderers lost their second 'must-win relegation six-pointer' in four days when they were beaten 2-0 by Walsall.

In a scrappy encounter at the Bescot Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the hosts dominated the second 45 minutes to claim a deserved three points courtesy of goals from midfielder Kevan Hurst and substitute George Bowerman.

They could even afford to miss a penalty when Alex Nicholls' spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Nikki Bull. The defeat, combined with results elsewhere, sends the Wanderers to the bottom of the League One table.

Under-fire boss Gary Waddock was dealt a blow whilst the team were travelling up the M40 when midfielder Matt Bloomfield had to disembark the team coach due to illness, leaving him able to name just four substitutes.

He made three changes to the side which capitulated at home to Yeovil Town in midweek. Danny Foster replaced Leon Johnson with Louis Laing reverting to the centre of defence. Lewis came in for Bloomfield whilst Ben Stevens was preferred to Anthony McNamee on the left of midfield.

The first 45 minutes were a turgid affair with both sides showing exactly why they are fighting it out at the bottom of the table. The game was utterly devoid of quality with both chances and entertainment at a premium.

Stuart Beavon fired a shot just wide and Gareth Ainsworth attempted his usual spectacular volley with the usual success. At the other end Bull had to make a good save to push away winger Jamie Paterson's cross-shot.

Half-time arrived with the game goal-less and all still to play for but the visitors came out after the break to put in a desperate display which deserved exactly what they got - nothing.

Less than three minutes after the re-start defender Dave Winfield clumsily brought down Florent Cuvelier inside the box to concede a penalty and was booked for his troubles.

Nicholls had missed a penalty deep into injury-time at Oldham in midweek and he did so again when his woeful effort was comfortably saved by Bull. It should have instilled some belief in the visitors but it had the opposite effect.

Walsall slowly turned the screw and just past the hour the bandaged Hurst received possession in the Wanderers half and was given all the time and space to run forward and hit a shot that swerved all over the place to beat a stranded Bull and fly into the net.

By that stage Matt McClure had already been thrown on in place of the largely disinterested Matty Whichelow. McNamee and Grant also joined the fray but made little impact as the hosts looked comfortable.

McClure did shoot just wide of a post but Saddlers' goalkeeper David Grof watched it go by as he enjoyed one of his quietest games of the season.

The hosts wrapped up all three points with five minutes remaining when substitutes Jon Macken and Bowerman combined with the former conjuring up a sublime reverse pass which the latter fired low past Bull.

Many of the 300 Chairboys who made the trip took their cue to leave, whilst others again unfurled a 'Waddock Out' banner which had also greeted the players during their pre-match warm-up.

Wycombe have now lost their last three league games in succession and are five points from safety having played as many as three games more than some of their relegation rivals.

The defeat marks yet another low in a season that will be remembered in years to come as one of the most depressing of recent times. The club now finds itself in complete and utter turmoil with relegation almost a certainty.


Man of the Match - Jamie Paterson - Walsall




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Benny Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 18 2012

Time: 7:47PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Articles

The Opposition View - Stevenage (Saturday August 23 2014)

Brilliant Blues get the better of Boro (Saturday August 23 2014)

Stats: Stevenage v Wycombe Wanderers (Saturday August 23 2014)

Preview: Stevenage v Wycombe Wanderers (Thursday August 21 2014)

The Opposition View - Tranmere Rovers (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Rovers burst Blues' bubble (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Dominant Wycombe dispose of Carlisle (Saturday August 16 2014)

Archived Wycombe Wanderers Articles

List All Vital Wycombe Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Newport 0 - 2 Wycombe
Stevenage 1 - 3 Wycombe
Wycombe 3 - 1 Carlisle
Wycombe 0 - 2 Tranmere

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Portsmouth 4 3 1 0 4 10
3. Cheltenham 4 3 1 0 3 10
4. Burton 4 3 1 0 3 10
5. Wycombe 4 3 0 1 4 9
6. Shrewsbury 4 2 2 0 5 8
7. Bury 4 2 1 1 2 7
8. Southend 4 2 1 1 2 7

Breaking League News

Burton : 27/08/2014 22:06:00
Portsmouth : 27/08/2014 21:51:00
Ambitious Heskey Bid Fails
Carlisle : 27/08/2014 21:27:00
Blyth Returns
Burton : 27/08/2014 21:25:00
Deegan's Southend Aim
Southend : 27/08/2014 21:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who was your Man of the Match against Stevenage?
Suggested By:  
Ingram 11%
Jombati 2%
Mawson 13%
Pierre 13%
Jacobson 16%
Cowan-Hall 5%
Rowe 10%
Murphy 5%
Wood 5%
Craig 2%
Hayes 18%