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Brilliant Brown helps Blues beat U's


Colchester United 1 Wycombe Wanderers 2

The Chairboys kept up their unbeaten away record thanks to first goals of the season from Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smith.

A Brandon Hanlan goal got Colchester level but Mackail-Smith made sure it was an away win.

The game started as an even affair with neither side stamping their authority. Dan Scarr was on hand on three occasions to clear from long Ryan Jackson throws.

Sammie Szmodics was the main problem for the hosts and he soon found himself through on goal only for Scott Brown to save brilliantly with his legs.

Szmodics again forced a great block by Marcus Bean before Tom Eastman was crucially dispossessed in the box.

Adebayo Akinfenwa then hit the side netting after controlling the ball well as Wanderers attempted to get back into the game.

A goalmouth scramble wasn't turned in before Mackail-Smith fired wide when he should have done better.

However, it wasn't long until the opening goal, and it was for the visitors.

Mackail-Smith unleashed a fierce effort on goal, and when Sam Walker parried it, Tyson pounced and headed home for his first Wycombe goal since September 2005.

Moments later Brown continued his brilliant afternoon, tipping over from a Szmodics effort on goal.

Eze then had a shot deflected behind after good work from Akinfenwa.

The visitors looked in control, but the hosts, with some nice football down the right, found Drey Wright, who stroked the ball through to Hanlan who slotted home. The finisher looked a long way offside.

Wanderers came out for the second half on the front foot. Brilliant play down the left from Tyson and O'Nien led to Eze having a shot deflected behind.

Good work from Tyson and Akinfenwa then led to a Mackail-Smith chance but the flag went up.

Colchester began to grow into the second half, Wright being crowded out in the box and Doug Loft having a free-kick deflected over.

However, the visitors regained the lead half way through the second half. Harriman won a free-kick down the right, with O'Nien going off for treatment in the process.

Jacobson's kick found the head of Scarr who hit the post but Mackail-Smith was there to thunder home the rebound and put Wycombe back in front.

Brown then became the centre of attention, he first made a one handed save from Hanlan, and then when Wright found space outside the area he let fly and Brown made a world class save.

Sam Saunders then replaced Eze.

The game was almost put to bed when Tyson found himself in space down the left and crossed to Akinfenwa whose first-time shot at the back post was somehow kept out by Walker.

Nick Freeman then replaced Mackail-Smith.

Brown did well once more in stoppage time as the game came to an end without further drama and Wanderers picked up a huge three points.

It was an away win at the old enemy, the first in a long time.

In what looks like a very tight League Two, Wanderers will be going for another win at home to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday.


Ratings:

Brown 9 - Brilliant save at 0-1 and two world class saves at 1-2

Harriman 6 - Solid

Stewart 6 - Did what he had to

Scarr 6 - Had a good game

Jacobson 7 - Two crucial defensive challenges

Bean 6 - Did what he was there to do.

O`Nien 7 - Everywhere.

Eze 6 - Didn`t get on the ball enough.

Mackail-Smith 8 - Absolute workhorse. So happy he got his goal.

Akinfenwa 6 - Not fully involved but unlucky not to make it 3-1.

Tyson 7 - Got his goal and two brilliant defensive challenges.

Subs:

Saunders 6 - Not brilliant.

Freeman 6 - Helped see the game out.



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Writer:Adam Clift
Date:Saturday September 23 2017
Time: 11:47PM

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