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Blues get Christmas stuffing

Blues get Christmas stuffing

Cheltenham Town 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0

Wycombe's unbeaten run came to a grinding halt as they were given a Christmas stuffing at Whaddon Road.

The Robins were superior in every department and the final score could easily have been a lot worse.

Blues' boss Gareth Ainsworth was forced to make two changes to the side that won at Accrington last time out.

The injured Dean Morgan and the suspended Matt McClure were replaced by a new strikeforce of Denis Oli and Jo Kuffour.

Neither Oli nor Kuffour have ever scored a goal for Wycombe, and neither managed a shot on target this afternoon.

Starting brightly, the Blues were on top for the first ten minutes but it was all downhill after that.

Dunne got under a Scowen corner and sliced his header wide in the opening exchanges, and Andrade blasted the ball over the bar twenty minutes later, but that was it for Wycombe in the first half.

The hosts were far more potent and Blues' keeper Jordan Archer had already made fine saves to thwart Darryl Duffy and Jake Taylor before Taylor rattled the crossbar after 25 minutes and finally opened the scoring with a scorcher into the top corner of the net four minutes later.

The Robins continued to swarm forward and it was 2-0 just three minutes later when Jeff Goulding headed home a Jombati cross.

Only the woodwork saved Wycombe from going further behind before the break when a clever chip from Duffy clipped the top of the crossbar.

Ainsworth was forced to make two changes at half time with Anthony Stewart and Georges Ehui replacing the injured Dunne and Scowen.

If the first half was a disappointment for the 506 travelling fans, the second half was no better.

Ainsworth made an early break down the right but his cross/shot was comfortably collected at the near post by the Robins' underworked keeper Scott Brown.

Wycombe were battered for the next twenty minutes.

Archer saved low from McGlashan before Taylor's deep cross was headed home at the far post by Duffy to make it 3-0 after 54 minutes.

We then enjoyed two superb moments from Archer who pushed Taylor's 20 yard screamer wide of the post before making a breathtaking save to keep out Carter's fierce volley from the resulting corner.

Alas, the respite was only temporary and the Robins made it 4-0 after 69 minutes when McGlashan forced home Carter's cross.

Despite numerous attempts to increase their lead, the hosts somehow failed to score again.

Meanwhile, at the other end, now that they were 4-0 down, Wycombe created a few chances of their own.

We had a goalmouth scramble to cheer, a half-hearted penalty appeal and a diving header from Kuffour that went three yards wide.

Then as the clock ticked towards full time, Brown clutched our first shot on target from Andrade and a curling effort from substitute Junior Morias flashed past the post.

Cheltenham looked a good side at Adams Park earlier this season and they impressed again today. Comfortable in possession, they were solid at the back, tidy in the middle and dangerous in attack.

Wycombe couldn't string more than a couple of passes together without losing possession and were never at the races today.

Line-up & ratings
Archer (7), McCoy (5), Hause (5), Dunne (5) (Stewart 46 (5)), Wood (7)*, Ainsworth (5), Lewis (6), Scowen (6) (Ehui 46 (5)), Andrade (5), Kuffour (5), Oli (4) Morias 64 (5))

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Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 11:03PM

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