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29 December 2021

Norwood on target again as Town close out 2021 with three points

Kieran McKenna guided Town to a 1-0 victory over Wycombe in his first game as manager of the Club.

The new boss, who witnessed the Blues' previous outing against Sunderland from the stands at Portman Road, was in the dugout for the first time as James Norwood netted the important strike late in the first half.

More than 26,000 fans watched on Norwood was in the right place at the right time to bundle in after former Blues goalkeeper David Stockdale had palmed the ball on to the frontman.

McKenna made one change to the starting XI against the Black Cats earlier this month, with Christian Walton replaced by Vaclav Hladky in goal.

Walton missed tonight's visit of Wycombe having tested positive for Covid-19, as did Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth.

Assistant manager Richard Dobson took charge of the visitors in Ainsworth's absence.

Inside 10 minutes Town picked up two bookings. Sam Morsy was late to a challenge on Chris Forino, with Matt Penney then cautioned for pulling down Jason McCarthy just outside the penalty area.

On 17 Macauley Bonne had the ball in the net for Town following a smart low cross from Sone Aluko, but the linesman's flag was up for offside.

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Shortly after, former Town goalkeeper Stockdale produced a point-blank save to deny Bonne after the forward had met a cross from Wes Burns.

Town opened the scoring just before the break. Following a nice move, the ball broke fortunately as Stockdale's palmed clearance was pushed against Norwood and dribbled into the net for the striker's third goal in three games.

Norwood was involved again after the restart, this time flicking on for Bonne, but the latter dragged a left-footed strike wide of the mark having held off his marker as he darted forward.

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Evans picked out Norwood with a lovely lofted pass just after the hour mark, but, after smart chested control from the striker, his shot drifted wide of the near post.

Brandon Hanlan had Wycombe's best chance of the game about 20 minutes from time, tight pressure from Luke Woolfenden forcing the Chairboys forward to blaze over from the edge of the box after shifting on to his right foot.

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Chances were few and far between in the final 20 minutes, although the visitors did miss a glorious opportunity two minutes from time. A tricky outswinging corner from Joe Jacobson fell to Anthony Stewart just inside the six yard box after a save from Hladky, but he fired well over - much to the relief of the home crowd.

Conor Chaplin, introduced as a second-half substitute, should have made sure of the three points in the fifth minute of injury time, but his low strike from well inside the area cannoned off the post.

In the end it wasn't to matter as Town secured the three points to do the double over Wycombe this season, and close out 2021 with a victory under the Portman Road lights.

McKenna's side are next in action when Lincoln City travel to Portman Road on New Year's Day.

Town: Hladky, Donacien, Woolfenden, Edmundson, Burns, Aluko (Chaplin 72'), Evans, Morsy (C), Penney, Norwood (Carroll 80'), Bonne (Pigott 89').

Subs: Holy, Nsiala, Fraser, Jackson.

Booked: Morsy, Penney, Pigott.

Wycombe: Stockdale, Jacobson (C), Stewart, Wheeler (Mehmeti 70'), Thompson (Scowen 70'), Vokes, McCleary, Hanlan, Obita, McCarthy, Forino (Akinfenwa 80').

Subs: Przybek, Grimmer, Horgan, De Barr.

Booked: Scowen.

Attendance: 26,456 (634 away).

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