Defeat Again For Pools At The Vic
Paul Murray’s side made it too easy for the visitors on occasions in the game and remain at the foot of the League Two table following the result.
Despite looking liveliest in the early stages of the game this afternoon, Pools found themselves trailing at half time after once again conceding a disappointing goal.
It was Pools who set the early tempo in the game, with Scott Fenwick again looking bright and new loan signing Matty Dolan adding a real presence in the middle.
Pools tested the league leaders with a couple of early corners as the visitors were not allowed much time on the ball in the first ten minutes.
The dominance was not maintained though as Wycombe began to edge their way into the game, with Paris Cowan-Hall finding space down the left and Paul Hayes causing problems on the right.
Jordan Richards flashed a lovely cross into the box at the right end of the pitch after some good play by Pools but Matt Ingram got enough on it to take it away from danger.
Scott Flinders had his first real save to make on the half-hour mark when Joe Jacobson fired in a low freekick from the edge of the box which fizzed through the area and into the arms of the Pools keeper.
The visitors' next attack proved more clinical as a decent cross from Hayes on the right picked out Cowan-Hall inside the area and he was allowed a free header to make it 1-0 on 33 minutes.
The goal was a blow to Pools who had shown such promise early on in the game but once again were faced with a test of character if they were to get back into this game.
And Pools did get a quick glimpse of a way back when Marlon Harewood was fouled clumsily by Jacobson inside the area. The referee pointed to the spot and Neil Austin stepped up to take the kick.
With the eyes of everyone in the ground on him though, Austin sent his penalty over Ingram’s bar and Pools went back to the drawing board to find their much-needed equaliser.
Wycombe took their one-goal lead into the break and they looked a much more settled and confident side following the goal.
Pools started the second half slowly, not displaying enough of the urgency expected from a side so in need of a goal to get back into this game.
There was a flash from Harewood as he burst towards two defenders to force the corner but Dolan sent the resulting kick too long.
Jonathan Franks, on in place of Brad Walker, was the first to really test Ingram as he turned to send a snapshot at goal. His effort took a deflection on its way towards goal but the visiting keeper was able to hold it.
But for much that Pools sent forward, Wycombe were waiting to just send the ball long back upfield, leaving the hosts to start over again.
Wycombe made it 2-0 on 75 minutes after a slip from Franks allowed the visitors to get on the attack down the right through Sido Jombati. After an attempted clearance, the ball fell kindly for Wycombe and it was pulled back across the goal from the right to Matt Bloomfield who drilled it past Flinders from eight yards.
Just minutes later and things got worse for Pools as they failed to react to a deep corner and Alfie Mawson was allowed a free header at the far post to make it 3-0.
Marlon Harewood got on the end of a Franks cross at the other end to pull a goal back for Pools but with 83 minutes on the clock, it proved too little too late.
Full Time: Pools 1 Wycombe Wanderers 3
Att: 3053 (163 Wycombe Wanderers)
Booked: Schmeltz (80)
Pools: Flinders, Richards, Lanzoni, Bates, Austin, Featherstone, Dolan, Walker (Franks 65), Kenwick, Harewood, Campbell (Schmeltz 57).
Subs Not Used: Maxted, Jones, Hawkins, Woods, Ironside.
Wycombe Wanderers: Ingram, Jombati, Jacobson, Scowen, Pierre, Cowan-Hall (Onyedinma 82), Hayes (Kretzschmar 90), Bloomfield, Craig (MccLure 76), Murphy, Mawson
Subs Not Used: Richardson, Lewis, Fletcher, Rowe.