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Adams Park (ATT 3,073) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Wycombe Wycombe Wanderers vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Wycombe 2

D Morgan (52)
M McClure (70)

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Hartlepool 1

J Barmby (42)

McClure header downs Hartlepool

Last Updated: 08/03/14 8:07pm

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Matt McClure: Netted the winner

Matt McClure: Netted the winner

Substitute Matt McClure gave Wycombe's survival hopes a massive boost as he scored a second-half header to down spirited Hartlepool 2-1.

Jack Barmby had earlier given play-off chasing Hartlepool the lead before the break but Wycombe came from behind thanks to second-half goals from Dean Morgan and McClure.

With just four minutes played, Hartlepool's top goal scorer Luke James found himself through on goal but his calls for a penalty were waved away.

Mat Kretzschmar has been the match winner in wins over Exeter and Chesterfield during Wycombe's five-match unbeaten run and he was influential, setting up Dean Morgan who failed to find a teammate with a fizzed cross-shot.

The Chairboys were on top, with McClure, an early substitute for Paris Cowan-Hall, coming closest when he hit a powerful shot straight at Scott Flinders.

With Wycombe applying all the pressure, Gareth Ainsworth's men were leaving themselves open and it was Manchester United loanee Barmby that put the visitors ahead at the break when his effort lofted over Matt Ingram.

Wycombe seemed unaffected by the goal and grabbed a deserved equaliser within five minutes of the restart when Morgan headed in his seventh league goal of the season.

Colin Cooper's side are outsiders for a play-off place and nearly retook the lead moments after the equaliser, only for Christian Burgess to head straight into the arms of Ingram.

With 20 minutes remaining, substitute McClure put the Chairboys ahead when he headed in a drilled corner from Kretzschmar to score his seventh goal.

Pools were pushing for the equaliser and Cooper's side had Flinders to thank for staying in the game when the keeper tipped over McClure's effort from the edge of the box.

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1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 43 71
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 Portsmouth 43 54
15 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
16 Cheltenham Town 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 43 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 43 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39