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Sky Bet League 2

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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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 21 39
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
6 Newport County AFC 20 34
7 Exeter City 21 34
8 Southend United 20 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Accrington Stanley 20 29
12 Cambridge United 20 28
13 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
14 Portsmouth 20 26
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 York City 20 19
22 Tranmere Rovers 20 18
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12