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Wycombe Wanderers vs. Southend United

23 February 2013

Blues back to winning ways in League 2

Britt Assombalonga scored an 86th minute winner to get Blues back to winning ways in League 2 as they won 2-1 away at Wycombe Wanderers.

Former Blues-loanee Dean Morgan opened the scoring with just seven minutes on the clock. It took Blues until seven minutes in to the second-half to level, with Barry Corr on hand to tap home Ryan Cresswell’s knock down.

Both sides had chances as the game wore on but it was Assombalonga, without a goal in 12 games, who struck in the 86th minute after an incisive breakaway. 

Blues had had just 48 hours to recover from their Johnstone’s Paint exploits against Leyton Orient, so Paul Sturrock opted to make four changes from the side that started on Wednesday night.

Danny Mayor, Mickey Spillane, Cresswell and Corr all came in to the side as Mark Phillips, Matthew Lund, Ben Reeves and Alex Woodyard made way.

There was little time for Blues to settle though as with just seven minutes on the clock, the hosts were ahead. Matt Spring played it in to the feet of Matt McClure who set the ball back for Morgan to curl the ball past Paul Smith.

Blues seemed to settle after going behind, and thought they were level with 15 minutes on the clock. Corr met Kevan Hurst’s free kick at the back post and headed the ball into the path of Britt Assombalonga who tapped home, only to see the flag up for offside.

Spillane, cup-tied in the week, had Blues next chance as Leonard’s long throw caused the home side problems – but the midfield man blazed over. 

Assombalonga seemed to be getting some joy with his pace up against Dave Winfield, and almost got Blues back on terms when he burst clear. The striker cut inside his defender but his left-footed shot was tame and saved comfortably by Archer.

There was more injury woe for Blues with 38 minutes gone as Chris Barker was forced to make way with a recurrence of his hamstring injury. Anthony Straker came on in his place.

Neither side were able to find any real rhythm in the opening exchanges of the second-half, but with 54 minutes gone, Blues were on level terms. Hurst’s corner was deep from Cresswell, who headed back across goal in to the path of Corr to tap home.

Blues were looking to completely turn the game on it’s head and just before the hour they almost did just that. Hurst’s corner was cleared as far as Straker who unleashed a vicious half-volley that cannoned off the crossbar and behind.

Paul Sturrock’s side were on top, and Corr almost got his second of the game on the hour mark, but Archer saved smartly with his legs.

The striker was in the mood for a second, and was again denied by Archer - this time from a powerful header from Hurst’s corner.

Sean Clohessy then almost put Blues ahead as his deep cross looked to be heading for the corner, only to be tipped behind by Archer.

At the other end, Sam Wood had the chance to put the hosts back ahead, but he blazed wide when through on goal.

Both sides went in search of a winner, and with four minutes left on the clock, Blues took the lead. An incisive breakaway involving Straker and Hurst ended with Assombalonga firing past Archer to send the travelling support into raptures.

Smith had to produce a stunning save from McClure as Wycombe pressed for an equaliser.

That was to be the home side's last chance as Blues held on to cap a memorable week for the Club with a vital three points in the league.

Blues: Smith; Clohessy, Cresswell, Prosser, Barker (Straker 38); Hurst, Leonard, Spillane, Mayor; Corr, Assombalonga.

Subs: Woodyard, Bentley, Eastwood, Harris, Lund, Reeves.

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