Writer: Dale Jenkins
Date:Saturday October 5 2013
Wycombe Wanderers got exactly what they deserved as Burton Albion claimed all three points with a 2-1 win at Adams Park this afternoon.
The game had been marketed as a Family Fun Day but there was precious little entertainment in a turgid performance from the hosts that won't be encouraging many floating fans in the crowd of 3,518 to return in a hurry.
The bad news started before the game had even kicked off. Steven Craig was still recovering from a virus, Jon-Paul Pittman was ruled out with a hamstring injury, Leon Johnson was also ruled out with a thigh problem whilst most disappointingly Dean Morgan was again missing, this time through injury with a slight thigh strain.
The game kicked off rather scrappily as Doherty sent an early header over the bar. There was precious little football being played on the ground though, until Charles Dunne finally managed the first shot on target after 14 minutes but it was held comfortably by Pickford.
Burton were slowly coming into the game and McGurk shot straight at Ingram before the Brewers took the lead after 26 minutes. Billy Kee controlled the ball neatly and turned away from Doherty with ease before firing impressively into the bottom corner past a helpless Ingram.
Charles Dunne was harshly booked for a high arm on 34 minutes, before the left back sent in a tantalising cross which found McClure, who was denied by a last ditch tackle by Cansdell-Sheriff. Kuffour also seemed to be wiped out by a Burton defender but referee Brown, who was making some bizarre decisions throughout, inexplicably waved play on.
The half time whistle sounded on a disappointing Wycombe performance, but faint optimism remained that at only one goal down a comeback could be launched.
The second half began with a typical lung-busting surge from Stuart Lewis but the resulting corner came to nothing. The pivotal moment occurred two minutes after the re-start when Dunne brainlessly wiped out Edwards on the wing and correctly received a second yellow. There can be no complaints. Dunne's stupidity has now arguably cost the Blues points on two occasions which could prove vital later in the season. Surely the Wanderers woeful disciplinary record cannot be ignored by their manager any longer.
Perhaps Charles Dunne would be better off going back up to Blackpool where he has signed. Who can blame people for thinking the youngster's head has gone after two reckless red cards and makeshift left back Kortney Hause being favoured over Dunne in between? It doesn't look like he wants to be at Wycombe Wanderers at the moment.
It wasn`t long before Burton deservedly doubled their lead. Kee coaxed a silly challenge out of Doherty and the striker picked himself up to roll the resulting penalty home as Ingram dived the wrong way.
With nothing to lose you would have hoped that the Chairboys would have gone for broke even with ten men. But there was no idea, no brains, no creativity and no skill. There was also no evidence of tactics, with long balls lumped aimlessly towards the diminutive Kuffour against the giant Sharps, who mopped everything up with ease.
The only half-chances were a Kuffour lob and a Doherty header that both sailed harmlessly over. Burton were playing some good passing football now and stroking the ball around with ease against ten men. The visitors really should have added to their lead but Ingram made a superb fingertip save from Kee, Edwards` header hit the bar and McGurk`s free kick went narrowly over with Ingram motionless.
The undeserved consolation arrived as the clock hit 90 minutes, McClure turning neatly to fire a low shot into the net. The Brewers goalkeeper was booked for kicking the ball away in the aftermath.
Do not be fooled though, this was an almost farcically poor performance from the Wanderers and the black humour almost intensified as Doherty, finally sent forward, trundled down the left and swung over a cross, but Pickford picked out the cross and there was to be no final sham as the visitors deservedly held on to the three points.
A response is now desperately needed on Tuesday night against Bristol City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy before Torquay United visit in the League next weekend, especially in terms of the performance level. Whilst the absence of strikers Morgan and Craig does strongly negate the Chairboys' attacking inspiration, there is simply no excuse for today's performance.
Ratings: Ingram 6, McCoy 3, Hause 4, Doherty 5, Dunne 3, Cowan-Hall 6* (Morias 76`), Lewis 6, Knott 5 (Kretzschmar 80`), Wood 5, Kuffour 3 (Scowen 71`), McClure 4
Date:Saturday October 5 2013
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