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Report: Wycombe 2-1 Cheltenham

11 April 2015

By Aaron Mandair

After two successive home defeats it was back to winning ways for the Chairboys, who faced a battling Cheltenham side in an opposite-ends of the table clash.

Marcus Bean dropped to the bench as Gareth Ainsworth recalled Sam Saunders into the starting lineup; Hogan Ephraim was fit enough for a place on the bench after suffering a hand injury.

The game started brightly for the hosts who formed a three-pronged attack with the pace of Fred Onyedinma being flanked with the physicality of Aaron Holloway and the shrewd footwork of Paul Hayes.

The attacking force nearly prevailed in the opening minutes with Sam Saunders dispatching a specialty set piece; Aaron Holloway struggled to get much on his header and it failed to test Trevor Carson in the visitors' goal.

Fans watching the game were aggrieved at the referee’s decision to deny penalty appeals for fouls on both Fred Onyedinma and Aaron Pierre. The Chairboys pushed forward and Onyedinma was denied by Carson after a neat reflex save.

Nico Yennaris was next up with a shot that rattled the Cheltenham crossbar as well as fans' hearts, the ball bouncing down off of the cross bar and away to safety with the officials not in view to allow the goal.

Wycombe hearts were in mouths when Joe Jacobson succumbed to a challenge from Jordan Wynter; the Welshman who initially tried to play on was subsequently substituted for Peter Murphy.

With Wycombe dealt a blow, it was inevitably time for more drama; and in an allocated eight minutes of added time Sam Saunders was able to pick out Aaron Pierre from a corner, which saw the former Brentford man show brilliant trickery to pick out the bottom corner of the net.

Cue half time and a needed break after an action packed first half. Chairboys players and fans alike would have expected the game to be put to bed in the second half; however just nine minutes after the restart an uncharacteristic Paul Hayes mistake was seized upon by substitute Durrell Berry who slotted home his first goal for the Robins.

Wycombe were not behind for long though, with Alfie Mawson getting in on the act and putting the Chairboys in front with his 5th goal of the season. That goal saw the on-loan Brentford man go level pegging with his defensive colleague in the Chairboys goal scoring charts.

Wycombe pushed on looking to seal the game with Fred Onyedinma seeing his header go wide. Sam Saunders also came close with a free kick that stung the palms of Trevor Carson.

Heroic blocks from a number of Wycombe players proved to be the difference between a solitary points and three as the promotion pendulum swings another way.

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