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Blues keep winning run going
Plymouth Argyle 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.
WANDERERS moved into the play off places as Matt McClure inspired them to a third win on the trot.
Neither side had looked like breaking the deadlock in a match short on chances until the introduction of McClure from the bench, as the striker set up goals for Sam Wood and Dean Morgan.
Billy Knott also celebrated extending his loan spell with Wanderers with a late third, to add to Wood slamming home from distance and Morgan converting a coolly-taken one-on-one chance to keep propelling Wanderers in an upwards direction as they clocked up a hat trick of wins.
Blues were made to work for the win against a Plymouth team who themselves were on a good run of form, but those breakaway goals helped them wrap up another classic win on the road.
Again it was a substitution that swung things in Blues’ favour, with Northern Ireland U21 international McClure making an impact in much the same was as last week’s matchwinner Max Kretzschmar.
He was rewarded for his two goals at Hartlepool with his first league start for the club, and he looked to continue from where he left off as an early header was deflected wide for a corner.
In an open start to the game Matt Ingram fingertipped Reuben Reid’s header onto the crossbar, although the linesman’s flag had already been raised against the former Wanderers loanee.
After being handed a full league debut Kretzschmar looked to impress as his free kick was deflected behind for a corner, before his excellent cross picked out Sam Wood at the far post. The midfielder kept his volley low but he fired it a couple of feet the wrong side of the post.
From another corner Gary Doherty clipped the woodwork with a header as Wanderers started to get on top against an Argyle side who had won each of their last four in the league.
Plymouth started to get back into the game but failed to test Ingram, with a deflected Reid header and a Jamie Reckord shot that was closer to troubling the back of the stand the sum total of their efforts.
Billy Knott, who extended his loan stay with Blues for another month the previous day, swivelled after collecting a Steven Craig pass but his shot lacked the punch to trouble keeper Luke McCormick, who made a save low down.
It was the first time the Pilgrims stopper had been called into action as Argyle looked a hard side to break down but they showed very little in the way of flair and guile going forward, with Ingram reading every ball into the box as the home side started to run out of ideas early on.
They managed an effort on target with their first attack of the second half, but Reid’s header looked more of a gentle cuashioned effort back to his own goalkeeper and presented absolutely no problems whatsoever for Ingram.
He was caught out at a free kick but Hamza Bencherif’s shot was somehow blocked and Wanderers managed to draw a foul of their own as the defence piled in what seemed like half a dozen bodies to block the rebound.
The free kick came about after Leon Johnson fouled Rommy Boco, but the Blues defender got the better of his opponent moments later as he blocked his shot after Marvin McCoy had been dispossessed by the Benin international.
Then came the moment that changed the game. McClure, who scored home and away against Argyle last season, came off the bench as Gareth Ainsworth looked to spice up an attack that had been kept at arm’s length in the second half.
Morgan curled off target with a left footed drive from the edge of the box and Bencherif was similarly off target at the other end with a speculative shot that ballooned well wide of Ingram’s goal.
And McClure made an impact almost straight away as he set up the game’s opening goal. His pass cut through the home defence and found Wood 25 yards from goal, with the midfielder still having plenty of work to do.
But having scored last season’s goal of the year Blues fans knew what he was capable of, and Wood obliged as his thunderous drive from distance screamed into the net and left McCormick clutching at air.
Minutes later the lead was doubled. McClure hoisted a speculative ball forward and the statuesque Plymouth defence stood around waiting for the offside flag to be lifted.
It never came and Morgan couldn’t believe his luck as he raced clear of the flatfooted back four and calmly roll the ball past the stranded McCormick for his fourth goal of the season.
Argyle were left deflated and a chance on the break from full back Durrell Berry, which flew wide, was all they managed in response.
In stoppage time Knott wrapped things up as he collected an incisive pass from substitute Jo Kuffour and coolly lobbed the ball home.
Wanderers: Ingram, McCoy, Doherty, Johnson, Hause, Kretzschmar (sub Bloomfield), Lewis, Knott, Wood, Morgan (sub Kuffour), Craig (sub McClure). Substitutes not used: Harrison, Dunne, Stewart, Arnold.
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