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Report: Wycombe 4-0 Crawley

Mackail-Smith grabs a hat-trick as the Chairboys run riot.

18 November 2017

A Craig Mackail-Smith hat-trick helped the Chairboys put four past Crawley Town to return back to winning ways.

All four goals came in the second half as Ebere Eze broke the deadlock before Mackail-Smith’s treble put the gloss on a superb display.

Gareth Ainsworth made four changes ahead of the game at Adams Park with Adam Al-Abd, Matt Bloomfield, Luke O’Nien and Paris Cowan-Hall returning.

Crawley boss Harry Kewell made three changes to his side, which had been unbeaten away from home since September; Josh Payne, Josh Yorweth and Aryan Tajbakhsh came into their starting eleven.

10 minutes in, Scott Brown was faced with his first Crawley chance of the afternoon, with forward Thomas Verheydt’s bullet header.

18 minutes in and after a strong free-kick from Joe Jacobson, Anthony Stewart found his effort come back off the crossbar.

At the half hour mark, the Chairboys had a goal disallowed, with O’Nien’s header denied and Craig Mackail-Smith being booked after an altercation in the box with keeper Glenn Morris.

The slippery surface didn’t stop either side as they fought to break the deadlock but the pace changed as the Wanderers came out on fine form, with Eberechi Eze’s 50th minute goal setting the tone for the second half and giving him his fourth of the season.

Crawley almost immediately responded, with another chance from Verheydt being denied by Scott Brown.

A double change for Crawley came just shy of the hour mark as Dennon Lewis and Panutch Camara came on in place of Jordan Roberts and Aryan Tajbakhsh.

An 11-minute hat-trick courtesy of Craig Mackail-Smith made it four for the Blues. His first came in the 72nd minute; a cross courtesy of Adebayo Akinfenwa finding the top corner. His second came after a shot from 20-yards went in off of the bar. His third came just two minutes later to seal a wonderful hat-trick for the striker.

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