August 31, 2013
Craig ends Chairboys' slump
Steven Craig's maiden goal in English football handed Wycombe their first win since the opening day of the season as they beat Southend 2-1 at Adams Park.
The Scot joined the Chairboys this summer from Partick Thistle and halted his new side's mini-slump of four games without a victory as his header just after half an hour proved to be the winner.
Dean Morgan had headed the home side into a seventh-minute lead as he met Sam Wood's free-kick to net his third goal in two games.
However Southend were level in the 14th minute as Freddy Eastwood scored his fourth goal in his last four games, firing home following Ryan Leonard's pull-back.
But with 15 minutes of the first half left Craig glanced Max Kretzschmar's corner home to put Wycombe back in front.
The visitors almost pulled level again before half-time but John White saw his bullet header cannon back off the crossbar.
Eastwood forced Wycombe goalkeeper Matt Ingram into some fine saves after the break before Anthony Straker crashed an effort against the bar immediately after the shotstopper had denied him from point-blank range, but Southend could not find an equaliser.
|Wycombe Wanderers||Southend United|
|1 Matt Ingram||17 Daniel Bentley|
|6 Leon Johnson||2 John White|
|30 Gary Doherty||6 Luke Prosser|
|2 Marvin McCoy||3 Ben Coker|
|19 Kortney Hause||23 Adam Thompson|
|11 Sam Wood||12 Will Atkinson|
|28 Billy Knott||11 Anthony Straker|
|4 Josh Scowen||18 Ryan Leonard|
|23 Nick Arnold||16 Conor Clifford|
|7 Dean Morgan||7 Freddy Eastwood|
|20 Steven Craig||10 Barry Corr|
|41 Lee Harrison||Paul Smith 1|
|9 Matthew Spring||Kevan Hurst 14|
|10 Matt Bloomfield||Michael Timlin 8|
|22 Max Kretzschmar||Jack Payne 21|
|18 Jo Kuffour||Ryan Auger 24|
|16 Jon-Paul Pittman||Craig Reid 9|
|29 Matt McClure||Jason Williams 28|
|Max Kretzschmar for Josh Scowen (19)||Craig Reid for Barry Corr (53)|
|Matt Bloomfield for Nick Arnold (73)||Kevan Hurst for Conor Clifford (53)|
|Matt McClure for Steven Craig (81)||Jack Payne for Will Atkinson (82)|
|Max Kretzschmar (70)||John White (79)|
|Dean Morgan (84)||Luke Prosser (84)|
|Matt McClure (90)|
|· Squads: Wycombe Wanderers | Southend United|