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Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 Torquay United

Paris Cowan-Hall claimed a brace as Wycombe and Torquay played out a five-goal thriller in League Two.

Ade Azeez put the visitors ahead following some hesitant Chairboys defending, only for Jo Kuffour to race through and equalise a minute later.

Krystian Pearce headed in Lee Mansell's corner to put the Gulls in front again on his return to the side after being hospitalised with breathing problems.

But two headers from Cowan-Hall helped snatch the points for the home side.

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Wycombe Manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio

"I'm delighted. I had to have a few choice words at half-time, and we were very passionate in the second half. First half an hour of the second half, we really took the game to them. I'm so pleased because we deserved that today.

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Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth on Torquay win

"The benchmark is passion and drive and running and closing. We are a high-pressing team, and now we're adding extra little bits of tactics and football and playing through people. When they're both there like in the second half it pays dividends.

"(Paris Cowan-Hall is) a physical nightmare for defenders because he's quick, he can win headers, he's strong. I know he can play left, he can play right, he can play down the middle. He scored two great goals, he really deserved his plaudits today.

"One thing we need is cleverer heads on the pitch. We've got the brawn, but sometimes this game is about thinking as well. It gave me the opportunity to give them a real kick up the backside at half-time and come out and prove that they are a good team."

Line-ups

Wycombe

  • 1Ingram
  • 23Arnold
  • 11Wood
  • 28Knott
  • 19Hause
  • 5Stewart
  • 12Cowan-HallSubstituted forSpringat 81'minutes
  • 8Lewis
  • 18KuffourSubstituted forPittmanat 61'minutes
  • 10BloomfieldSubstituted forKretzschmarat 75'minutes
  • 4Scowen

Substitutes

  • 2McCoy
  • 9Spring
  • 13Horlock
  • 16Pittman
  • 17Morias
  • 22Kretzschmar
  • 25Fletcher

Torquay

  • 13Rice
  • 2Tonge
  • 3Nicholson
  • 7MansellSubstituted forCameronat 90'minutes
  • 5PearceBooked at 64mins
  • 21Cruise
  • 6LathropeBooked at 59minsSubstituted forCraigat 83'minutes
  • 12Chapell
  • 26BenyonSubstituted forMcCourtat 75'minutes
  • 23Azeez
  • 9Hawley

Substitutes

  • 1Poke
  • 11Cameron
  • 17McCourt
  • 20Craig
  • 30MacKenzie
  • 31Sullivan
  • 32Hutchings
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,466

Match Stats

Home TeamWycombeAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 3, Torquay United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 3, Torquay United 2.

Jak McCourt (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jon-Paul Pittman (Wycombe Wanderers).

Hand ball by Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Courtney Cameron replaces Lee Mansell.

Foul by Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United).

Billy Knott (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Max Kretzschmar (Wycombe Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Thomas Cruise (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Karl Hawley (Torquay United).

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Nathan Craig replaces Damon Lathrope.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Wycombe Wanderers).

Karl Hawley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Matthew Spring replaces Paris Cowan-Hall.

Goal!

Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 3, Torquay United 2. Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Josh Scowen with a cross following a corner.

Attempt saved. Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Thomas Cruise.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Max Kretzschmar replaces Matt Bloomfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Jak McCourt replaces Elliot Benyon.

Foul by Billy Knott (Wycombe Wanderers).

(Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Martin Rice.

Attempt saved. Jon-Paul Pittman (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Anthony Stewart.

Booking

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Sam Wood.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Jon-Paul Pittman replaces Jo Kuffour.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers).

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Wycombe Wanderers).

Booking

Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield11722189923
2Fleetwood117132012822
3Oxford Utd116322112921
4Morecambe116321914521
5Rochdale116231611520
6Exeter116231413120
7Mansfield115421511419
8Scunthorpe10451138517
9Wycombe115241714317
10Southend115241210217
11Wimbledon115241312117
12Newport114431514116
13Dag & Red114431515016
14Burton114341517-215
15Portsmouth113441819-113
16Hartlepool113351314-112
17Cheltenham113351422-812
18York103251314-111
19Plymouth11326814-611
20Bristol Rovers112451015-510
21Bury112361315-29
22Torquay112361321-89
23Northampton11227815-78
24Accrington11038719-123
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