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Report: Wycombe 2-1 Oxford

19 December 2015

Wycombe secured the local bragging rights as Garry Thompson and Jason McCarthy goals secured a 2-1 victory against rivals Oxford United.

The strikes came either side of a Liam Sercombe equaliser and Wycombe had to withstand late Oxford pressure to pick up three points at Adams Park.

Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the side that drew with Notts County on Tuesday, with Thompson returning to the starting line up in place of Aaron Amadi-Holloway.

And it was the Blues who created the first openings, with Aaron Pierre’s header forcing Oxford keeper Benji Buchel into a save on 8 minutes from a Joe Jacobson corner and Luke O’Nien volleying over from 20 yards on 16.

Wycombe nearly took the lead on 27 as Thompson got in front of Buchel to flick a corner on at the near post, only for an Oxford defender to clear it off the line.

The Chairboys were hounding the Oxford players, not allowing them any time on the ball and restricting the passing game that has seen the visitors sitting near the top of the league.

A Michael Harriman effort was comfortably saved from 20 yards on 38, and the Blues winger fired another effort straight at Buchel on 41 after a quick break. It was Wycombe who had the better of the first half and found the breakthrough at the start of the second.

A Jacobson corner was whipped into the six yard box to find Thompson lurking and he planted a header past Buchel for his sixth goal of the season.

Kemar Roofe had an attempt saved by Matt Ingram on 57 as the U’s looked to come back into the game, and they equalised after 65 minutes.

Midfielder Liam Sercombe fired high into the roof of the net after neat hold up play from substitute Patrick Hoban, and the Irishman teed him up to strike from eight yards out.

Wycombe showed great character as they probed the Oxford defence, and got their reward as they retook the lead on 77.

Harriman won a free kick by the corner flag and Jacobson’s delivery curled towards the hands of Buchel, only for Jason McCarthy to steal in front and flick a header into the gaping goal.

It was 2-1 and nearly 3-1 just a minute later as the ball broke to Sam Wood on the left of the penalty area, but his right footed strike crashed against the foot of the post with Buchel beaten.

The Blues withstood late injury time pressure from Oxford, as a Sercombe header was cleared off the line and the midfielder broke through on the edge of the box but was put off by the covering Pierre and Ingram claimed the loose ball.

Oxford couldn’t find the elusive equaliser and it was three derby-day points that takes Wycombe up to ninth in the table ahead of the Boxing Day clash against Luton Town.

Line up: Ingram, McCarthy, Jacobson, Stewart, Pierre, Harriman, Bloomfield (McGinn 77), O’Nien, Wood, Hayes (Rowe 88), Thompson (Amadi-Holloway 83)
Subs: Lynch, Kretzschmar, Ugwu, Udumaga

Attendance: 5,742 Away: 1,773

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