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Posted Tue 13 Apr 10 at 22:22 PM


Wycombe have strengthened their survival hopes even further with a crushing 3-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, with a brace from Alex Revell setting them on their way to a memorable victory.

The striker finished smartly on 15 minutes and doubled the lead in the second half when he closed down keeper Luke Daniels' clearance and lobbed home.

Wanderers had chances to extend their lead further and grabbed a deserved third when Kevin Betsy's cross was nodded home by Matt Bloomfield, and the Blues' survival bid is well and truly back on track.

Gary Waddock named an unchanged side following Saturday's 2-0 win over Hartlepool, so Lewis Hunt continued at the heart of the defence alongside Chris Westwood.

Buoyed by that weekend victory at Adams Park, Wycombe started the better of the two sides and captain Gareth Ainsworth headed over a Kevin Betsy corner early on.

At the other end, Craig Curran curled an effort high and wide of Tom Heaton's right-hand post after latching onto a stray Wanderers pass.

That proved to be a rare forage for the hosts and Wycombe made their early dominance count on 15 minutes when Alex Revell fired past Luke Daniels. After Heaton had started a quick breakaway, Craig Woodman's cross was turned back in by Ainsworth and, after taking the ball down superbly well, Revell drilled his shot low into the net.

Tranmere responded but the lively Ian Thomas-Moore saw his fizzing long-range effort deflect narrowly wide of Wycombe's bottom right-hand corner.

Rovers' captain was again involved in the hosts' next opportunity on the half hour mark, heading Craig Curran's corner into the grateful arms of Heaton from eight yards out.

Whilst Tranmere perhaps enjoyed more possession in the Wycombe half, they weren't making it count, and the visitors had a chance to double the lead on 40 minutes when Gareth Ainsworth's cross-shot was cleared courtesy of a last-ditch interception with Revell and Jon-Paul Pittman lurking.

It proved to be the last major action of the first half, but Rovers started the second period brightly and saw Paul McLaren's 25-yard drive fly just over the bar.

Moments later, Thomas-Moore's header from 12 yards was comfortably held by Heaton as Rovers cranked up the pressure, and only half chances from Lewis Montrose's long-range drive and Lewis Hunt's header offered Wycombe the opportunity to stretch the lead.

Thomas-Moore was a constant threat for the home side and his curling effort from the corner of the box looked to be nestling in the top corner before it just sailed wide, and boss Les Parry made his first change by swapping Chris McCready for Gareth Edds.

Bas Savage had two efforts on target either side of Rovers' second change, as Chris Shuker came on for Craig Curran, but out of nowhere, Wycombe's second goal courtesy of the sheer never-say-die attitude of Alex Revell.

There seemed to be nothing on when the striker chased after a long ball in the Tranmere half, but when keeper Luke Daniels' clearance smacked into Revell, the Wanderer reacted quickest to loop the loose ball home from 30 yards, despite the efforts of Marlon Broomes in the six-yard box.

It was no less than the forward deserved for his relentless hard work up-front, and the lead could have been three had Zoumana Bakayogo not intercepted sub Matt Phillips' through-ball to Kevin Betsy on the edge of the box.

The same pair combined on 83 minutes when Phillips was set free by Revell down the right channel, but rather than shooting inside the box, Phillips attempted to cross to Betsy, who failed to convert from close range and was saved from embarrassment by the linesman's flag.

And Wycombe might have rued the miss had Chris Shuker nodded home inside the six-yard box from Bas Savage's cross, but Tom Heaton made a smart save at his near post.

The Blues did get that third goal though, courtesy of another counter-attack, and Kevin Betsy's fine run was capped with a cross to the back post where Matt Bloomfield was waiting to nod home his first goal since November 2007.

Kevin McLeod and Matt Harrold came on to give Gareth Ainsworth and Alex Revell the chance to receive a great reception from the travelling barmy army, and a couple more half-chances were missed to prevent an even heavier victory for the Blues.

The final whistle sounded to huge cheers from the travelling support, and a text of "Get in there!" from captain Adam Hinshelwood who was listening to the Chairboys Player commentary at home.

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