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Match Report


Posted Sat 17 Apr 10 at 18:35 PM


 There was last-minute heartache for the MK Dons at stadiummk as Kevin Betsy's injury time strike earned Wycombe Wanderers all three points from a thrilling local derby.

Alex Revell and Aaron Wilbraham both struck twice for their respective sides but Betsy's deflected effort settled what was an even encounter. The Dons made three changes to the side that played out a goalless draw with Oldham on Tuesday evening, with David McCracken and Wilbraham returning to the line-up along with local boy Adam Chicksen.

With the match contested between two Buckinghamshire sides it was fitting that three local boys started the game for the Dons with Chicksen and Mark Randall in midfield and Sam Baldock partnering Wilbraham up front. Karl Robinson and Alex Rae look on from the dugout.   The early exchanges were quiet as both sides kept the ball well and looked to stamp their authority on the game but it was the visitors who had the first sights of goal as Jon-Paul Pittman saw his long-range attempt well blocked by the on-rushing McCracken before Matt Bloomfield fired wildly over from a similar position moments later.

There was more misery for the Dons on the injury front as Mark Carrington was forced off after just 10 minutes to be replaced by Luke Howell, but the team rallied and could have taken the lead soon after when Baldock forced his way into the Wanderers' area only to see his driven shot go wide of Tom Heaton's far post from an acute angle. The Dons were soon on the attack again with Luke Chadwick allowed the freedom of stadiummk to run with the ball from the half-way line and shoot, but Heaton gathered with ease. The game was beginning to open up more with both sides looking to attack at every opportunity.

But it was the visitors who drew first blood. Betsy worked his way down the left after 28 minutes and did well to pick out an unmarked Revell making his way into the Dons area. The Wanderers attacker coolly placed his side-footed effort past Willy Gueret's despairing dive and into the bottom corner. With the away side in the lead the tempo began to drop somewhat, but with chances at a premium Wilbraham met Danny Woodards' deep cross with his head from eight yards out but couldn't get enough power on the effort to really trouble Heaton.

With half-time rapidly approaching however, the Dons drew level. Randall's cross from a free-kick on the right eluded everybody in a crowded Wycombe penalty area with the exception of Wilbraham; the striker on hand at the back post to finish well into the far corner and take the two sides in at the interval level.

The second half began at a similar tempo to that of the closing stages of the first half, both teams looking comfortable in possession of the ball and looking to create goal scoring opportunities. A short corner routine saw Chadwick, Randall and Chicksen combine well with the latter lining up a well-struck shot that arrowed narrowly over. The visitors almost hit back on the counter attack as Pittman was sent clear through by Revell but he could only watch as his shot curled wide of Gueret's goal.

There was yet another set-back for the Dons on 53 minutes when the impressive Woodards limped off to be replaced by Sol Davis at right-back. Once again though the Dons looked energised rather than disheartened at losing another player and skipper Dean Lewington drove a low shot towards goal after being teed up Chicksen on the left. Heaton again gathered relatively comfortably but the Dons were beginning to take control of the game.

Yet another chance fell to the Dons after a sweeping passing move starting with Lewington on the left ended with Baldock diverting Wilbraham's cross towards goal only to see it blocked by Lewis Hunt. Immediately the visitors played a long-ball forward and managed to find Revell onside. After holding off the challenge of Mathias Doumbe well, Revell slotted the ball between the legs of Gueret and into the back of the net for his second, sending the Wycombe fans into raptures but leaving the Dons with a mountain to climb after 65 minutes.

But the Dons would not be denied and, having pushed forward well since the equaliser, the Dons were awarded a penalty by referee Scott Mathieson for Gareth Ainsworth's clumsy challenge on Chadwick in the area. Baldock stepped up to take the kick but was denied by Heaton, only for Wilbraham to follow up well and find the net.

With the game going into its latter stages the momentum appeared to shift somewhat towards the away side but whilst the pressure on the Dons backline was increasing, Gueret was not called into action as efforts from Beavon and Ainsworth flashed shots wide. That was, at least, until the dying moments of the game when the Dons failed to clear their lines under immense pressure and Betsy somehow worked his way into the box and saw his deflected effort loop over Gueret, who had already gone to ground, and into the bottom corner.

There was barely time for the restart before the final whistle sounded to bring an entertaining Buckinghamshire derby to an end.

MK Dons (4-4-2): Gueret; Woodards (Davis 53), Doumbe, McCracken, Lewington (c); Chadwick, Carrington (Howell 10), Randall, Chicksen; Wilbraham, Baldock.
Subs not used: Searle, Powell, Flanagan, Baldock, Rae.
Goals: Wilbraham 45+3, 74.
Booked: Chadwick Wycombe Wanderers (4-4-2): Heaton, Mousinho, Hunt, Westwood, Woodman; Ainsworth, Montrose (Beavon 80), Bloomfield, Betsy; Revell, Pittman (Phillips 65).
Subs not used: Oliver, Keates, Harrold, Arnold, McLeod.
Goals: Revell 29, 63 Betsy 90+5.
Attendance: 10,561 (1,317 away)
Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

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