Wycombe Wanderers 0 Notts County 1

Kevin Nolan made two changes to the side that beat Barnet last weekend. Mark Yeates, who was sent off early on in that match, commenced a three-game suspension, while Marc Bola’s absence paved the way for Carl Dickinson at left back. Scott Loach joined York City on loan earlier in the week and was replaced on the bench by academy product Joe Searson-Smithard.

Notts started the brighter on a beautiful spring afternoon, Rob Milsom seeing a shot blocked before Jon Stead’s low effort was well kept out by Jamal Blackman. Adam Collin saved from Myles Weston and Sam Saunders fired wide on the follow-up as the home side looked to assert their authority on the match.¬†And Wycombe had a good chance to take the lead when Weston’s cross fell kindly for Luke O’Nien, who could only fire the ball over from six yards. O’Nien was left frustrated again minutes later when Richard Duffy produced a terrific block to halt him after Alex Jakubiak had made dangerous progress down the right. But it was Notts who took the lead when, on 27 minutes, Stead did brilliantly to cut in from the right and tee up Ameobi in front of goal. The big forward prodded the ball past the Wanderers keeper, off the inside of the post and over the line. Iconic frontman Adebayo Akinfenwa missed a good chance to equalise, side-footing Saunders’ corner wide from six yards, before O’Connor fired the ball a couple of yards over with an audacious 40-yard free-kick. Notts cranked up the pressure as the match entered first-half injury time but the hosts held firm to limit the damage going into the break.

There were no changes for either side at half-time and Blackman’s handling was tested minutes after the restart when the keeper did well to hang on to Stead’s low shot from a tight angle. Michael O’Connor went into the book for a foul on Saunders and, on 61 minutes, Weston followed suit after protesting too strongly against the referee’s decision not to award him a penalty when he went to ground after apparently being tripped by Collin in the area. Stead struck the ball over on his left foot and Ameobi saw a shot blocked at the near post as Notts pressed for a third. Notts nerves were momentarily jangling on 81 minutes when substitute Nick Freeman’s effort took a nick off a defender and bounced just wide of the post. But the Magpies nearly wrapped it up moments later when Milsom helped the ball to O’Connor, whose effort with the outside of his boot was inches off-target. Wanderers defender Will De Havilland directed an overhead kick straight at Collin before Freeman sent a long range effort wide as the hosts stepped up their efforts to find an equaliser. Nolan’s first change came shortly before the match entered five minutes’ injury time, Alan Smith replacing Ameobi. Joe Jacobson flashed a free-kick wide from 20 yards after Milsom had been booked for a foul but, in the end, Wycombe were unable to find an equaliser as Notts moved 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

Wycombe Wanderers: Blackman, Muller, De Haviland, Jacobson, O’Nien, Gape (Hayes 68), Saunders, Weston, Akinfenwe, Jakubiak (Thompson 58).

Booked: Weston.

Notts County: Collin, Tootle, Duffy, Hollis, Dickinson, Hewitt, O’Connor, Milsom, Grant, Stead, Ameobi (Smith 90).

Booked: O’Connor, Dickinson.

 

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