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Report: Wycombe 2-1 Yeovil

Eze and Jacobson on target.

25 November 2017

Wanderers recorded back-to-back home victories with a first ever triumph over Yeovil Town at Adams Park on Saturday.

The outstanding Ebere Eze fired home the opening goal from just inside the area and Joe Jacobson doubled the lead from the spot, before Francois Zoko halved the deficit before the interval.

There were few chances in the second period but the Blues did enough to repel a comeback and returned to winning ways after a setback on Tuesday.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that lost at Accrington in midweek, with Adam El-Abd missing through suspension while Craig Mackail-Smith was fit enough only for the bench after collecting a knock in the game.

Dan Scarr came into the defence and Dayle Southwell was handed a start in the front three, as Wanderers began brightly with Ebere Eze twice firing from distance but unable to find the breakthrough.

Sido Jombati did well to block Jordan Green’s effort as the Glovers broke away two-on-two, before Eze stung the palms of Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak with a left-footed strike from the edge of the box after he’d done well to drive at the visiting defence.

Wanderers knocked the ball about neatly in the Town half without creating too much to threaten the keeper, though Luke O’Nien did well to win the ball in the air and unleash a left-footed volley which was deflected behind for a corner.

The deadlock was broken on 37 minutes, and it came from the same source as in last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of Crawley, with Ebere Eze crashing the ball home from just inside the box. Yeovil failed to deal with a cross into the box and when it landed to the QPR youngster, he kept his composure to pick his spot and lash it into the bottom corner.

Wanderers were able to relax a little and were presented with the opportunity to double their advantage when Paris Cowan-Hall was barged over in the area following another sublime flick from Eze. Joe Jacobson stepped up and duly dispatched the penalty, just as he had done at the same end in the same fixture last season.

But just as the Chairboys looked to be heading into half-time 2-0 up, they were pegged back when Jordan Green delivered a low pass for Francois Zoko to sidefoot home from close range, after Sam Surridge had initially taken the ball past Scott Brown but been excellent diverted away from goal by Anthony Stewart’s sliding challenge.

In a lively end to the half, Adebayo Akinfenwa was denied from close range after O’Nien beat Krysiak to the ball by the touchline, and the Beast then lofted a header onto the roof of the net from Jacobson’s deep cross.

Half-time: Wycombe 2-1 Yeovil

There were no changes at the interval and the Blues remained on top during the early stages of the second period, looking the more likely to find the next goal with their inventive forward play.

Sido Jombati curled a free-kick in the arms of Krysiak from 20 yards after Eze drew a foul from the defender, and Joe Jacobson sent another free-kick goalwards with a deflection off the wall taking it narrowly past the post.

Yeovil introduced Jake Gray for Sam Surridge with 15 minutes remaining, and they weren’t far from a leveller when Jordan Green volleyed smartly at goal from 20 yards, seeing it flash past Scott Brown’s far post.

At the other end, Akinfenwa’s turn and shot looped wide via a clear deflection missed by the referee, and Cowan-Hall’s dangerous low cross was turned into the path of Jombati, who drilled wide.

Sam Saunders replaced Ebere Eze with five minutes of normal time left on the clock, and there was a scare when Zoko flashed a cross-shot across the face of goal after the ball bounced kindly for him in the area.

Ainsworth swapped Cowan-Hall for Craig Mackail-Smith and he played his part in alleviating late pressure, although there was almost a third for the Chairboys when Akinfenwa hit the bar with an audacious volley with the last kick of the game that would have put the icing on the cake of an impressive enough performance.

Attendance: 3,834 (180 Away)

50/50 Draw Numbers
£1 Draw (£589) – 09189
£2 Draw (£85) - 31209

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