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Posted Sat 25 Mar 17 at 17:00 PM

Report: Wycombe 0-1 Notts County

A first-half Shola Ameobi goal was enough to give Notts County all three points at Adams Park as Wanderers struggled to find a way through a resolute visiting defence.

The former Newcastle strike sidefooted home Jon Stead's low cross to put Kevin Nolan's side in front and they held on to frustrate the Chairboys in front of their home crowd.

Gareth Ainsworth was forced into two changes to his starting XI with Paris Cowan-Hall suspended and Aaron Pierre injured, while Adebayo Akinfenwa passed a late fitness test having not trained during the week due to a knock he picked up at Hartlepool.

The Magpies had the first chance when Stead's low shot was well saved by Jamal Blackman at the end of a flowing move, before former Magpie Myles Weston stung the palms of Adam Collin with a powerful shot from a tight angle on eight minutes.

Wanderers should have been ahead when Weston's excellent cross was headed clear by Ameobi only as far as Luke O'Nien, who drilled over the bar from eight yards with a first-time shot.

The deadlock was broken when Stead found himself with time and space inside the area to square it for his strike partner, who struck the ball home off the inside of the post on 27 minutes.

Akinfenwa struck wide from Sam Saunders' corner but the Blues were unable to create much in front of goal before the interval, hoping for a change in fortune in the second period with the wind behind them.

Another dangerous Saunders corner flew across the face of goal without making contact with a team-mate before Ainsworth made his first change, bringing on Garry Thompson against his old club in place of Alex Jakubiak.

Moments later, the hosts were denied a penalty when Matt Tootle clipped the heels of Myles Weston in the area with the keeper stranded, but the referee waved the appeals away, booking Weston for dissent as Wanderers were left bewildered at the decision.

Paul Hayes returned to action after a spell on the sidelines, replacing Dominic Gape, but it was County who threatened next when Ameobi was denied by a well-timed tackle in the box by Will De Havilland.

Nick Freeman came off the bench and created a chance which was headed wide by Akinfenwa before shooting wide himself from distance, and in a spell of late pressure, De Havilland's overhead kick was saved by Collin and Joe Jacobson's free-kick swerved narrowly wide from 20 yards with the keeper beaten.

There was to be no late recovery, leaving Wycombe needing to return to winning ways quickly to keep alive their play-off ambitions.

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