|Brunt firing in the only goal of the game|
The following 10 minutes before half-time saw Lee Brown send a rising effort towards goal which Archer saved but aside from that there was little action. Half-time passed and the Gas began the second period with more purpose and put the Wycombe defence under pressure. Broghammer whipped in a number of corners that just evaded a Rovers head, whilst Brunt displayed his Stoke City upbringing with a number of long Delap-like throws. Unfortunately with him taking them we lacked the presence in the penalty area to take advantage. Our best chance fell to Oliver Norburn who was set up by Broghammer on the edge of the box but he fired his shot wide when really he should have hit the target. Wycombe then had a dominant period where Kuffour threw himself to ground a couple of times in the penalty area but the referee waved his protests away, much to the dismay of the travelling supporters. A couple of long range strikes flew wide of Mildenhall's goal but for all their territorial advantage they had little to show for their efforts. John-Joe O'Toole almost capitalised on a misplaced header but dragged his left footed volley wide of goal from 18 yards, whilst substitute Eliot Richards was halted when running from the right wing in to the penalty area.
As stoppage time approached Gareth Ainsworth's charges continued to put balls in to our penalty box but all 4 of our defence stood firm and limited the space Kuffour and their other attacking players had. Charles Dunne, their left back, hit a powerful effort in to the side netting from a tight angle as Gasheads began to bite their nails. 3 minutes were added on and the Chairboys had a number of corner kicks. The last of which saw an almighty goalmouth scramble take place where it looked for all the world that Wycombe would poke the ball home but some flying blocks and a diving header from O'Toole preserved our precious lead. As Wood fired high from the resulting clearance the players leapt up and celebrated their bravery and strength as if we'd scored a second goal - it was a delight to see. We'd managed to keep consecutive clean sheets and that's worth celebrating! It was no less than the lads deserved and when the referee finally blew the final whistle we all breathed a collective sigh of relief and enjoyed yet another 3 points.
It was another brilliant day to be a Gashead and our usual post-match 'Goodnight Irene' chant was followed by a vociferous rendition of 'Johnny Ward's Barmy Army' as he walked across the pitch talking to Mark Clemmit. He shook the hands of his players before revelling in the celebrations of the Blackthorn End. He'll have enjoyed that moment but as soon as the club's Valentine's Ball had ended that night, attentions will have turned to Tuesday's match against Rotherham United. The same ticket offers from the original game pre-Christmas are still place where tickets cost £10 or £1 across all areas of the ground and season ticket holders can bring a friend for free using Voucher R in their book. We need to pack out the Mem again, create a bouncing atmosphere and intimidate the Millers. That way we give our lads a great chance.
Up the Gas!