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Posted Sat 15 Aug 09 at 17:35 PM

REPORT: BECCHIO BLAST BEATS BLUES

By Ross Jeavons
The Wanderers were defeated 1-0 by Leeds United on Saturday afternoon, as an extremely spirited performance from the Blues was quashed by Luciano Becchio's spectacular strike.

The Argentinean forward lashed home an unstoppable volley from 20-yards shortly after the hour mark, and despite coming close late in the game the Chairboys were forced to come away with nothing to show for all their good work.

A buzzing Adams Park was packed out with just over 8,400 supporters for the occasion, with the vociferous United travelling support reaching 2,264.

They were very nearly silenced 12 minutes in, as the irrepressible Matty Phillips latched on to an astute Matt Harrold flick before driving into the area.

His cut-back was immaculately timed to meet Chris Zebroski's late run, but 'Zebs' could only fire straight down the throat of Shane Higgs.

Peter Taylor's side were coming out with all guns blazing, as another intricate Matt Harrold touch released Phillips once more - though John Mousinho couldn't' quite guide home the youngster's cross.

The Whites did show flashes of class, as high profile forward Jermaine Beckford came close on two occasions before the break - though the Wanderers went in at half time with their high.

Unfortunately the opening of the second period was to be a different story, as the home side found themselves camped in their half for prolonged periods.

The pressure was obviously taking its toll on Peter Taylor's side as the ex-England boss was forced into a change, but unfortunately it would come seconds too late.

Jon-Paul Pittman was limbering up on the sidelines as Lewis Montrose's clearing header dropped onto the foot of Robert Snodgrass, who was able to tee up Luciano Becchio for a strike of world class quality.

United were unrelenting as their vocal travelling support sensed blood, with skipper Jonathan Howson blazing an effort narrowly over Shearer's bar minutes later.

Michael Doyle also came close with eleven minutes remaining, but the Wanderers found the energy for a late rally as they searched desperately for a dramatic equaliser.

Substitute Stuart Green's dipping strike was somehow tipped onto the post by Higgs in the last minute of the game, whilst Stuart Beavon could only slice wide in injury time after tenacious build up play from JP Pittman.

The final whistle brought jubilant cheers from the vocal Leeds support but the Blues don't have long to dwell on the defeat as they take on Southend United at Adams Park on Tuesday, before a trip to Norwich City next weekend.

Reaction from Peter Taylor to follow.

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