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Posted Thu 21 Jun 12 at 20:25 PM

Bruno Andrade struck the only goal of the game as the Wanderers battled to a superb 1-0 victory at high-flying Fleetwood.

Andrade broke the deadlock in the ninth minute, collecting the ball on the right before cutting in past Alan Goodall and finding the bottom corner.

Chairboys created a number of clear chances and only Fleetwood keeper Scott Davies prevented the winning margin from being greater.

It was another display full of pride, passion and commitment and the hosts couldn’t deal with Wycombe’s pace and skill on the counter-attack.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that beat with skipper Gary Doherty, Leon Johnson and Stuart Lewis replacing Dave Winfield, Anthony Stewart and Matt Spring.

The hosts started well and Barry Nicholson forced Nikki Bull into a flying save in the third minute before the Blues went up the other end and Jo Kuffour shoot wide after good pressure from strike partner Dean Morgan.

It was the Blues who took the lead in the ninth minute when QPR loanee Bruno Andrade scored an exquisite curling effort. The 19-year-old received the ball on the left from Lewis before cutting past Alan Goodall and finding the bottom left corner from 10 yards.

Junior Brown fired high over the bar as Fleetwood responded and Goodall then crashed a free-kick into the wall, but they struggled to create any clear chances.

Despite not seeing as much of the ball, Wanderers looked a constant threat on the break with the pace of Andrade, Joel Grant, Kuffour and Morgan causing all sorts of problems.

Morgan was inches away from the doubling the advantage in the 33rd minute when he out-muscled Youl Mawene and then turned the former Derby man before firing just wide of Scott Davies’ right-hand post.

Grant was then denied by a fine save from Davies. Andrade intercepted the ball inside the Wycombe and found Kuffour who immediately found Morgan on the right. The forward cut inside and picked out Grant with an inch-perfect ball, but the winger’s first-time strike was well kept out.

Andrade was just unable to connect with Grant’s cross after another quick counter with Morgan again the architect as the Blues finished the half on top.

Chairboys started the second half brightly as well with Morgan seeing an effort blocked by his own man Kuffour after a great break down the left by Grant. Less than 60 seconds later Grant then had an effort, but he mis-kicked from the edge of the area.

Fleetwood were still enjoying plenty of possession, but it was again Wycombe that created the next clear chance in the 64th minute. Lewis threaded an inch-perfect ball through to Kuffour who took a touch before striking low, but Davies was equal to it.

Substitute Jamie Milligan came close in the 66th minute when he curled a superb free-kick over the wall, but it drifted wide of the Bull’s post.

Andrade almost added his and the Blues’ second following another quick break. The winger was played through on goal but denied by Davies, the rebound fell to Kuffour who was unable to turn goalwards, before Andrade saw an effort deflected narrowly wide.

It should have been 2-0 in the 74th minute when Morgan beat the offside trap and was one-on-one with Davies, but the keeper produced a fine save with his feet.

Fleetwood almost capitalised fully on their reprieve, but substitute Steven Gilliespie’s fine 20-yard shot beat Bull, but crashed back off the crossbar.

The hosts piled the pressure on and Bull did brilliantly to deny Marrow with his legs in the 88th minute before Wycombe broke up the other end and Davies saved well from Morgan.

Wycombe: Bull, Foster, Dunne, Doherty (c), Johnson, Andrade, Scowen, Lewis, Grant (Spring 78), Morgan, Kuffour. 
Subs: Ingram, Winfield, Stewart, Ainsworth, Spring, Morias, Taylor.

Fleetwood: Davies, Beeley, Goodall, Mawene, Edwards, Brown, Marrow, Johnson (Milligan 52), McGuire (Parkin 46), Nicholson (Gillespie 76), Ball. 
Subs: Maxwell, Milligan, Parkin, Fowler, McLaughlin, Gillespie, Barkhuizen.

Attendance: 3,216

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