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Match Report


Posted Sat 14 Nov 09 at 17:07 PM


Wanderers suffered a crushing 6-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon as the home side marked the designated Help for Heroes game with a stylish win.

The Sky TV cameras were present at the Galpharm Stadium to see the Terriers take a 2-0 half-time lead through Peter Clarke's header and Gary Roberts' close range finish, and the Blues' misery deepened after the break with a further onslaught from Town.

Anthony Pilkington fired home from the edge of the area, Clarke bundled home his second, Michael Duberry netted an own goal and Theo Robinson converted a penalty amidst a whole host of chances to complete a day Wanderers fans will want to forget.

And it was a wretched day all round for those supporters who were held up in traffic on the M1 following an accident in the morning, forcing many fans to miss large parts of the match.

Gary Waddock made five changes to the side that drew 4-4 in the FA Cup last weekend, with Jamie Young, Chris Westwood, Luke Oliver, Matt Bloomfield and new arrival John Akinde all named in the starting line-up, while Scott Shearer, Matt Phillips, Jon-Paul Pittman, the suspended Craig Woodman and the injured Leon Johnson all missed out.

Huddersfield enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and the Blues needed a couple of vital interceptions from Lewis Hunt to keep the scores level, but the deadlock was broken in somewhat controversial circumstances on 21 minutes.

Gary Roberts and Anthony Pilkington made a mess of their short free-kick but referee Mr Oliver bizarrely allowed Roberts to take the kick again, and his curling effort was met by the head of Peter Clarke who powered a header past Jamie Young.

Wycombe were clearly rocked by the disappointment of conceding from yet another set piece and it could have been two when the Terriers broke forward following a Wycombe corner, but when Michael Collins rounded Jamie Young, the superb Kevin Betsy had raced back to slide in and clear Collins' effort off the line. Luke Oliver repeated the trick minutes later from Jordan Rhodes.

Jordan Rhodes then saw a header somehow kept out by the legs of Jamie Young on 26 minutes but the lead was doubled two minutes later when Wycombe failed to heed the warning of previous counter attacks and saw Gary Roberts end a fine flowing move.

Keeper Alex Smithies quickly threw the ball out to Michael Collins, who burst forward and played in Lee Novak before his square pass was easily tapped home by Roberts.

John Akinde had battled hard up front for the Blues but his second debut for the club was ended on just 38 minutes when he twisted his ankle in a challenge and was replaced by Jon-Paul Pittman.

Two minutes later, there was further controversy when Peter Clarke's header cannoned off the bar and bounced down onto the goal-line, with officials and players seemingly both confused by whether or not the ball had crossed the line.

The situation wasn't helped by Huddersfield's inexcusable decision to show the replays on the giant screen, but in the end, the referee had spotted a handball by Lee Novak and a free-kick was given.

Wycombe had a good chance to halve the scores just before the break when Scott Davies' corner was nodded down to Jon-Paul Pittman, whose elegant flick was superbly kept out by Smithies, but the half-time whistle sounded with the Terriers 2-0 up.

The second half began in the same vein as the first, with the Terriers on top, and Robbie Williams' free-kick after a foul on Pilkington wasn't far wide of the target.

It was Pilkington himself who bagged the third of the afternoon, when Jordan Rhodes' run through the defence went unchallenged, and his pass found Pilkington in acres of space on the edge of the box, although he didn't need much time or space to curl an effort past Young.

Michael Collins hit the post with a header ten minutes later when he should have scored and Young pulled off a fine flying save from substitute Theo Robinson, but after two successive corners, Peter Clarke bundled home to end a strong spell of pressure from the home side.

Kevin Betsy had a half-chance to reduce the arrears when his shot was saved by Smithies, but all the best chances came at the other end, with Theo Robinson missing a hatful of chances, firstly when he skewed wide from four yards and then rounding Jamie Young but being unable to beat Lewis Hunt with his effort.

Robinson then cheekily stole the ball from Jamie Young after lurking behind the Aussie keeper, but Young recovered in time to win the ball back, and saved a long range effort from the same striker moments later.

Four soon became six in a matter of moments when firstly Michael Duberry turned Gary Roberts' cross past his own keeper and then straight from the restart, Roberts stole the ball and broke into the box before being brought down bu Duberry, with Robinson netting the penalty.

Fortuntately, that was the end of the onslaught, leaving Gary Waddock to reflect on an "embarrassing" afternoon in charge of the Blues - click here for his post-match quotes.

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