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Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Exeter City

Paul Hayes
Paul Hayes scored his 13th goal of the season for Wycombe

Paul Hayes scored a penalty in the 12th minute of injury time for Wycombe as they boosted their promotion hopes by beating Exeter.

The hosts took the lead when on-loan Sam Saunders played a one-two with Hayes and finished with his left foot.

Exeter improved after the break and Liam Sercombe headed them level.

The Chairboys finished a man down when Nico Yennaris had to come off and they had used all their substitutes, but Hayes converted from the spot late on.

Gareth Ainsworth's side had already had to deal with two injuries inside the first 30 minutes when Aaron Holloway was subbed, and his replacement, Matt McClure, lasted just 10 minutes before coming off.

Wycombe remain third and are still four points ahead of fourth-placed Bury, who have have a game in hand, while Exeter are 10th, four points off the play-offs.

Paul Hayes
Opta's tweet about just how late Wycombe's winner came

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio: "There was silence just before Hayes took that penalty that I've never ever heard here. It was scary.

"On chances I think we deserved it, on possession maybe not. They got a lot of good crosses into the box and played some good football.

"I'm incredibly worried that we haven't got the squad to finish the job, the lads are absolutely on empty.

"Players are playing through injury. What we're going to do Saturday I don't know."

Line-ups

Wycombe

  • 1Ingram
  • 4Yennaris
  • 6Pierre
  • 26Mawson
  • 11Wood
  • 7SaundersBooked at 75mins
  • 10Bloomfield
  • 15Murphy
  • 25HollowaySubstituted forMcClureat 19'minutesSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 29'minutes
  • 9Hayes
  • 12CraigBooked at 3minsSubstituted forEphraimat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Bean
  • 16Fletcher
  • 19McClure
  • 21Lynch
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 31Ephraim

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 6RibeiroBooked at 85mins
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 8OakleyBooked at 73mins
  • 14McAllister
  • 11DaviesSubstituted forMorrisonat 71'minutes
  • 7Sercombe
  • 33HarleyBooked at 90mins
  • 16Holmes
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forNicholsat 61'minutes
  • 31CumminsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWheelerat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 4Bennett
  • 10Keohane
  • 20Nichols
  • 21Hamon
  • 22Wheeler
  • 34Morrison
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
3,245

Match Stats

Home TeamWycombeAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 2, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 2, Exeter City 1.

Goal!

Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 2, Exeter City 1. Paul Hayes (Wycombe Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Tom Nichols (Exeter City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Wycombe Wanderers. Aaron Pierre draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matt Bloomfield.

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Clinton Morrison (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alfie Mawson (Wycombe Wanderers).

Booking

Ryan Harley (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

Sam Saunders (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City).

Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Hogan Ephraim replaces Steven Craig.

Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Sam Wood.

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 1, Exeter City 1. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Holmes.

Foul by Sam Saunders (Wycombe Wanderers).

Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Matt Oakley (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Clinton Morrison replaces Arron Davies.

Attempt missed. Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton42259860342684
2Shrewsbury432581065293683
3Wycombe432214764422280
4Bury422371256391776
5Southend422112950351575
6Stevenage431911135950968
7Plymouth4318111450331765
8Luton431711154943662
9Newport431711154750-362
10Exeter431613145861-361
11Northampton43177196256658
12Morecambe431512164849-157
13Wimbledon431414155357-456
14Portsmouth431314164951-253
15Dag & Red43158205055-553
16Oxford Utd431216154449-552
17Accrington431410195470-1652
18York431118144547-251
19Cambridge431212195660-448
20Mansfield43139213555-2048
21Carlisle42136235069-1945
22Hartlepool43118243463-2941
23Cheltenham43913213963-2440
24Tranmere43912224360-1739
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