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Football League One | 2nd January 2012
ATT: 7202 | REF: Stroud | HALF-TIME: 1-0 |


27 mins | WES THOMAS | Bournemouth | 1-0

Wes Thomas muscled in between a couple of defenders and won the ball, taking full advantage of his position and shooting straight past the keeper .

50 mins | MICHAEL SYMES | Bournemouth | 2-0

The ball was swung into the box and Micheal Symes managed to get above a static Wycombe defence and nod the ball beyond a flat-footed keeper.


GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Purches | S Zubar | S Francis | C Daniels
MIDFIELD: H Arter | W Fogden | S Gregory | M Pugh
UP FRONT: M Symes | W Thomas

ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Baudry, Cummings, Parsons, Taylor
CHANGES: 80 Cummings>Fogden, Taylor>Symes, 92 Parsons>Pugh


LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:

“It’s nice to get a convincing home win and continue our away form.

“Two games in three days is a big ask of any team but we showed good levels of fitness and worked right to the end.

“For me the most disappointing thing is not winning the game 4-0. We had the chances to do so and we have got to kill teams off.”

CHERRIES midfielder Harry Arter:

“We dominated the game from start to finish and we are all a bit disappointed that we only scored two. We had quite a few chances and on another day we could have got four or five. As a team, we worked hard and that’s why we got our success”.

WYCOMBE manager Gary Waddock

“If you defend like that and concede goals like that then you end up with a defeat,” he said. “Bully has pulled off a number of saves and the scoreline could’ve been more.

“If we continue to give away sloppy goals that is what happens. It feels like more than a step backwards, I have to be honest, because we just didn’t turn up.

“We never gave ourselves a chance in the game. There was no real danger for both goals. It doesn’t matter what you do on the training ground – because you can plan and prepare down to the last detail.


A new year and a new type of home performance, convincing. We have struggled at home this season and even the few wins we have had have been against poor sides (apart from Sheff W). Even against Scunthorpe who were distinctly average, the team made it hard work, when it should have been relatively easy.

The performance against Wycombe, who were poor, was solid. A makeshift defence of Zubar and Francis, is probably as good a partnership that we have seen and with Daniels having a ‘wand’ of a left foot and Purches putting in a great shift we never really looked like conceding.

The midfield was again solid, but we reckon MacDonald is definitely first choice and we are still liking Gregory, but again not totally convinced about Harry Arter. Marc Pugh didn’t have one of his best games and really should have scored.

Up front Wes Thomas came back into the side and looked like he had never been away, and he scored for good measure, we love this man. Symes, is starting to get back in the swing of things and while not our favourite player he can definitely form a great partnership with Thomas.

Surely, with money to spend, there will be new additions which will only make the team even better. But, surely it must be the time to get rid of some of the surplus. Looking forward to the play-offs come May, Huddersfield here we come.

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