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Torquay United 0-3 Wycombe Wanderers

Sam Wood was Wycombe's hero as they secured their Football League survival on the final day of the season.

The midfielder opened the scoring from close range before clearing Krystian Pearce's header off the line four minutes later.

Steven Craig doubled the lead from the penalty spot before Torquay's Anthony O'Connor was sent off for a second booking early in the second half.

Matt McClure wrapped it up as he dinked the ball over Martin Rice.

The victory, coupled with Bristol Rovers' defeat at home to Mansfield, ensured that Wycombe's 929 fans would be celebrating long into the evening at Torquay.

Gareth Ainsworth's side came out of the traps flying and Wood took advantage after a defensive lapse let Matt Bloomfield in down the right.

His deep cross was converted by Wood with his second attempt from six yards after an air-shot with his first.

Wood hit the post with an outrageous volley from 25 yards before he got in-between Elliot Benyon and a superb cross from Courtney Cameron for the Gulls' best chance of the game.

The second goal came after great work from Matt McClure to rob Krystian Pearce in his own half and bear down on goal, where Anthony O'Connor fouled him in the box.

Steven Craig converted the spot-kick and the Scot was fouled early in the second half by O'Connor, earning the on-loan Blackburn centre-back his second booking.

The Chairboys wrapped up an easy win with 30 minutes to go as lacklustre Torquay defending let in McClure, who dinked a bouncing ball over goalkeeper Rice.

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth on Torquay win

"It's incredible. This ranks amongst the best things I've ever done in my career - to get a club like Wycombe Wanderers, a small club that everyone wrote off, and to survive on the last day of the season in some great fashion is fantastic.

"I'm so proud to be Wycombe manager, but I played a small part. Those boys on the pitch gave their everything. The likes of Matt McClure who was in tears after the game last week has come and worked his socks off, scored the winner and after that, all we needed was Mansfield to hold on.

"I said to them (the players), can we effect the other games? They said no. I said that we could. We score an early goal and that will filter through, just like it filtered through here. And sure enough Sam Wood took his goal brilliantly."

"They say don't get too high, don't get too low. I think I'll leave that one tonight - I'm going to stay as high as I can because that was a special day."

Line-ups

Torquay

  • 13Rice
  • 2TongeBooked at 13mins
  • 30Cargill
  • 7Mansell
  • 5Pearce
  • 29O'ConnorBooked at 51mins
  • 12ChapellSubstituted forCraigat 45'minutes
  • 6Lathrope
  • 26BenyonSubstituted forStockleyat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Yeoman
  • 11Cameron

Substitutes

  • 1Poke
  • 3Nicholson
  • 19Stockley
  • 20Craig
  • 22Chaney
  • 23Stevens
  • 31Sullivan

Wycombe

  • 1Ingram
  • 33Rowe
  • 19Pierre
  • 4Scowen
  • 5StewartBooked at 9mins
  • 6Johnson
  • 10Bloomfield
  • 8Lewis
  • 29McClure
  • 20CraigSubstituted forMoriasat 84'minutes
  • 11Wood

Substitutes

  • 2McCoy
  • 13Horlock
  • 17Morias
  • 18Kuffour
  • 22Kretzschmar
  • 23Arnold
  • 40Ainsworth
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
3,149

Match Stats

Home TeamTorquayAway TeamWycombe
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.
Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

Booking

Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).
Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Junior Morias replaces Steven Craig.
Foul by Nathan Craig (Torquay United).
Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Daniel Rowe.
Foul by Courtney Cameron (Torquay United).
Daniel Rowe (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Baily Cargill.
Foul by Nathan Craig (Torquay United).
Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).
Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers).
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt McClure.
Attempt blocked. Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Daniel Rowe.

Goal!

Goal! Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Ingram.
Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Dale Tonge.
Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers).
Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).
Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).
Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).
Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Baily Cargill (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).
Attempt blocked. Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).
Leon Johnson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Nathan Craig replaces Jordan Chapell.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Jayden Stockley replaces Elliot Benyon.

Half Time

First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 2.
Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Jordan Chapell.
Foul by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).
Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).
Attempt missed. Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Anthony Stewart.

Goal!

Goal! Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 2. Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty Wycombe Wanderers. Matt McClure draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Foul by Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers).
Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers).
Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield46231583184
2Scunthorpe46202152481
3Rochdale46249132181
4Fleetwood462210141476
5Southend461915121772
6Burton46191512572
7York461817111171
8Oxford Utd46161416362
9Dag & Red46151516-660
10Plymouth46161218-760
11Mansfield46151516-960
12Bury46132013859
13Portsmouth46141715-1059
14Newport46141616-358
15Accrington46141517-257
16Exeter46141319-355
17Cheltenham46131617-1055
18Morecambe46131518-1254
19Hartlepool46141121-653
20Wimbledon46141418-853
21Northampton46131419-1553
22Wycombe46121420-850
23Bristol Rovers46121420-1150
24Torquay4612925-2445
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