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Report: Mansfield 0-2 Wycombe

31 October 2015

Wanderers were back to their best with a superb 2-0 triumph at Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

Luke O'Nien headed them into an early lead and there were a number of chances at both ends as Matt Ingram made a string of fine saves and Garry Thompson was denied by Brian Jensen.

The points were sealed in stoppage time when Aaron Amadi-Holloway thundered home his second goal of the season to ensure a happy end to a difficult month for the 345 incredibly vocal visiting supporters.

Gareth Ainsworth was able to recall Matt Ingram to the starting line-up after injury but his side was otherwise unchanged for the first of four successive away games.

The first chance of the match fell to Stags midfielder Adam Chapman inside four minutes, but Matt Ingram got down well to save his pile-driver from 25 yards after Matt Green had laid Blair Adams’ pass into his path.

Ingram was again called into action when Green fired a shot straight at him on the turn from Matty Blair’s lay-off, before the visitors took the lead with their first real attack courtesy of a smart attacking combination.

Michael Harriman raced down the right to loop a cross to the back post and Garry Thompson unselfishly nodded it back across the six-yard box for Luke O’Nien to head home.

Mansfield responded well and saw efforts from Craig Westcarr and Blair Adams fly over the bar, before Westcarr’s thunderous effort from distance bounced off the chest of Aaron Pierre and fell to safety.

Blair Adams whipped in a dangerous cross which just evaded the two strikers as Town continued to have the better of the attacking openings, without really testing Matt Ingram.

The big keeper was called into action moments after the interval with a stunning two-handed save from Lee Collins’ header from a corner, before a smart counter-attack from the visitors ended when a deep cross was just too high for Sam Wood to make a connection.

Then Garry Thompson was set free down the middle but his clipped shot deflected off the body of the diving Brian Jensen and the loose ball was headed clear by a recovering defender just in front of the goal-line.

An inventive move then saw the ball just whisked away from the forehead of Thompson from Hayes’ well-weighted cross, and Joe Jacobson’s powerful volley from Wood’s lay-off looked to be hitting the target before it deflected wide for a corner.

At the other end, Craig Westcarr miscued his left-footed shot as he collected a pass in the area, and the intensity grew as both sets of fans upped the volume to reflect the growing tempo of the game.

Sam Wood’s floated cross to the back post caused panic for Town as Brian Jensen failed to claim a looping ball before it was scrambled clear, and then Matt Green blasted over from 18 yards for the hosts.

Then Nathan Thomas was denied by the legs of Ingram as he jinked inside the box to create space for himself, and the Wycombe keeper then showed good reflexes to palm away a near-post drive from Westcarr. From the resulting corner, Ryan Tafazolli rose highest but directed his header straight at Ingram.

Wanderers’ energy and resilience kept them in front and you could never rule them out of scoring a second as spaces emerged in the Stags’ defensive third, although the next chance fell to the hosts when Matt Green headed wide from a deep cross.

It looked like being a nervy four minutes of stoppage time but the icing on the cake arrived with seconds remaining when Matt Bloomfield clipped in a clever ball for Aaron Amadi-Holloway to latch onto and bury a powerful shot into the net in front of the adoring away fans.

Mansfield: Jensen, Hunt, Adams, Tafazolli, Collins, Blair (Yussuf 45), McGuire (Clements 53), Chapman, Lambe (N Thomas 68), Westcarr, Green.

Unused subs: Shearer, Rose, Beardsley, J Thomas.

Wycombe: Ingram, Jombati, Jacobson, McCarthy, Pierre, Harriman, O’Nien, Bean, Wood (Bloomfield 87), Hayes (Ugwu 82), Thompson (Amadi-Holloway 68).

Unused subs: Lynch, Sellers, Bloomfield, McGinn, Kretzschmar.

Referee: Mr Seb Stockbridge

Attendance: 3,165 (345 from Wycombe)

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