Date:Sunday September 1 2013
Wycombe Wanderers 2 Southend United 1
The Chairboys recorded their first victory since the opening day of the season thanks to set-piece goals from Dean Morgan and Steven Craig either side of a Freddie Eastwood strike for the visitors.
Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth made just one change to the side that drew at Oxford last week, young centre-half Kortney Hause showing his versatility by slotting into the left-back slot vacated by the suspended Charles Dunne.
After a scrappy start from both sides, the Blues took the lead in the 7th minute when Craig was fouled on the right flank and Wood whipped in an inviting free kick that Morgan gleefully nodded home.
With an early goal under their belt, the home side were beginning to play some good stuff, which made the way they conceded the 14th minute equaliser all the more disappointing.
Southend's Ryan Leonard was allowed a free run deep into the penalty area before laying the ball back to an unmarked Freddie Eastwood who picked his spot and sidefooted it past Ingram.
The goal changed the momentum of the game and the Shrimpers began to press for a second, with a series of corners putting Ainsworth's men firmly on the back foot.
The Blues rarely look comfortable when defending corners and Ingram was twice called upon to punch the ball clear and also made a superb reaction save to prevent a deflected own-goal from Nick Arnold.
Midfield battler Josh Scowen turned his ankle and had to be replaced after 19 minutes, handing substitute Max Kretzschmar his longest spell yet in first-team combat.
Kretzschmar has a very direct style of play, getting the ball down and taking the shortest route to goal whenever possible, and it was one such surging run that led to Craig's winner after 32 minutes.
The run ended in a corner to Wycombe and it was Kretzschmar himself who took it, Craig rising at the near post to direct a powerful header past Dan Bentley in the Southend goal.
Craig could have doubled his tally shortly afterwards, but when put clean through with the chance of a shot from an angle he could only lash the ball wide of the post.
It was end-to-end stuff as the Shrimpers tried to get back on level terms before the break, and they almost did in the last notable action of five minutes stoppage time when another corner saw John White's header come crashing back off the crossbar.
It had been an action-packed first 45 minutes, and when the players trooped off at half-time, not many in the crowd would have envisaged a second-half with no goals.
Indeed, as early as the 46th minute, Ingram was called upon to make a full-length dive to turn an Eastwood header round the post, and from the resulting corner Craig kept Wycombe's lead intact by clearing another header off the line from White.
This early excitement set the scene for a full-blooded second-half that kept everyone on their toes right up until the final whistle.
The obligatory inconsistent refereeing also helped to inflame the crowd, keeping them firmly behind the team, and making Adams Park as vocal as it's been for a while.
The next effort of note came after 56 minutes when Shrimpers' substitute Craig Reid's fierce effort was deflected past the post by Leon Johnson who was a real warrior in the Blues' defence this afternoon.
Former Wycombe loanee Anthony Straker was next in line to suffer, his original shot brilliantly saved by Ingram and his follow-up smashing against the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.
Not to be outdone, Wycombe rattled the crossbar themselves after 88 minutes when Morgan burst forward, exchanged passes with Matt Bloomfield and rifled a shot goalwards only to see it bounce back off the woodwork.
Substitute Bloomfield had earlier delighted the home crowd when he replaced Nick Arnold to return to action for the first time in just over a year.
Even the referee adding on a baffling 6 minutes of stoppage time couldn't burst Wycombe's bubble this week, and the final whistle sounded to loud cheers from three sides of the ground.
The Shrimpers will consider themselves unlucky to have lost a game in which they hit the woodwork twice and found Ingram in inspired form, but for Wycombe the win was hard-fought, and it goes a long way to compensate for the disappointment of conceding a 97th minute equaliser at Oxford last week.
Over the course of the last two games the Blues probably deserved four points and that's exactly what they got.
Line-up and ratings
Ingram (9), McCoy (7), Doherty (7), Johnson (8), Hause (7), Arnold (6) (Bloomfield 73 (n/a)), Scowen (n/a) (Kretzschmar 19 (7)) Knott (7), Wood (8), Morgan (8), Craig (7) (McClure 81 (n/a))
Date:Sunday September 1 2013
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