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21:42 6th January 2012


Jordan Rhodes hit five goals as Town ran riot in front of the Sky cameras to see off Wycombe by six goals.

The striker had earlier been named npower's December Player of the Month and put his name in the running for the January award with five goals to take his goal tally to 27 for the season.

Oscar Gobern got things running for Town with a header from Gary Roberts' corner. Rhodes then put on a show of clinical finishing which saw him score two goals with his left and three with his right all within ten yards of Nikki Bull's goal.

Lee Novak and Danny Ward were both reintroduced to the starting eleven and grabbed two assists apiece as the Wycombe defence struggled to cope with Town's direct style of play. Lee Clark had asked his men to bounce back - and they did do in style.

Lee Clark made four changes to the side that drew at Meadow Lane on Monday.

Jamie McCombe returned to partner Peter Clarke following his successful loan spell at Preston. In midfield Danny Ward and Tommy Miller replaced Anton Robinson and Danny Cadamarteri and upfront Lee Novak started alongside Jordan Rhodes at the expense of Alan Lee.

The first action of the game saw Jamie McCombe reintroduce himself to the travelling Terriers with two crunching tackles in the centre of the park on Stuart Beavon and Matt Bloomfield.

Lee Clark's men started the game brightly and almost forged an opening when Danny Ward swung in a far post cross which James Tunnicliffe defended well to deny Jordan Rhodes a shooting opportunity. Within a minute of Rhodes' chance Wycombe had their first shot on goal when Stuart Beavon forced Ian Bennett into a comfortable low save.

With ten minutes played Lee Novak forced Nikki Bull into an excellent diving save following some good build up play through Town's midfield.

GOAL - From the resulting corner Oscar Gobern opened Town's account with a well directed header from Gary Roberts' corner. The big central midfielder got in front of his marker and despite the Wycombe defender's best efforts on the line; he couldn't prevent the powerful header from hitting the back of the net.

Ward almost doubled Town's tally a minute later, but his diving header went well wide of Bull's goal.

Marcello Trotta had scored six in six since for the home side since his loan move from Fulham and he showed his quality in the 15th minute when he cut inside Gary Naysmith and fired a powerful low effort straight down Bennett's throat.

GOAL - Jordan Rhodes scored his 23rd goal of the season to cap a fine move involving neat play from Novak and Hunt in the 19th minute. It was the latter of those two who delivered the ball from the right which Rhodes attacked ahead of Tunnicliffe to power home from close range.

Town should have made it three in the 24th minute when Novak flicked the ball into the path for Roberts who raced through on goal. The left-winger steadied himself before chipping the ball just over Bull's bar.

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GOAL - Town did make it three in the 26th minute when Jordan Rhodes grabbed his second of the night courtesy of Novak's over the top through ball. The Scottish international left both centre-backs for dead before knocking Grant Basey off the ball and then sliding the ball past a hapless Bull in the Wycombe goal.

The home side looked lost for words as Town continued their siege on Bull's goal. Every time Town attacked they looked like scoring and Jamie McCombe should have done in the 32nd minute when he headed over Roberts' cross from four yards.

Next to test Bull was Roberts, who attempted to curl one from the right hand side, but Wycombe's stopper showed good agility to claw the ball away.


GOAL - Town started the second half well and inside five minutes Jordan Rhodes had wrapped up his hat trick - thanks in part to referee Tanner. Town were striding forward with Miller who saw his forward pass blocked by Steve Tanner. Luckily for Town, the rebound fell to Novak who slid in Rhodes who tapped the ball into an empty net after seeing his first effort well saved by Bull. Rhodes' strike was his 25th of the season and sealed his fifth hat trick of the season.

SUB - In the build up to the goal Leon Johnson suffered an injury and was replaced by Marvin McCoy. Gary Waddock's enforced change saw Foster drop into centre back and McCoy into the right-back berth.

GOAL - The Wycombe defence were looking at sixes and sevens at the start of the second half and fell five goals behind when Jordan Rhodes slotted home his fourth in the 58th minute. Danny Ward had impressed following his reintroduction to the eleven and showed excellent feet to skip past Anthony McNamee and Basey before firing a hard effort at goal. Bull showed quick reactions to parry the winger's shot, but pushed the ball to the man in form, who tapped home with aplomb.

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SUBS - Waddock made his final two changes in the 64th minute with Gareth Ainsworth and John Halls entering the fray at the expense of Anthony McNamee and Marcello Trotta.

GOAL - There was no let up for the Wycombe defence as Town continued their assault on Bull's goal and made it six when Rhodes scored his fifth of the night in the 69th minute. Good play between the Terriers wingers Roberts and Ward released the latter who fired across a low ball which Rhodes turned home with his left under immense pressure from Tunnicliffe.

SUB - Lee Clark made his first substitution of the game in the 75th minute replacing Gary Roberts with Danny Cadamarteri. Clark's switch saw Ward come on to the left flank and 'Cads' out on to the right.

BOOKING - Referee Tanner issued his first caution of the game in the 78th minute following Halls heavy challenge on Cadamarteri.

Stuart Beavon had arguably been the home side's best player on the night and tried to pull a goal back for his side with ten minutes to go, but his left-footed effort landed in the side netting. The striker almost had better luck a minute later when he shrugged Clarke off the ball but saw his volley curl away from Bennett's right upright.

Gareth Ainsworth then went close for the home side when his intended cross looped over Bennett and rattled the post before Clarke cleared the danger.

SUB - Clark made his second change of the night two minutes from time replacing Danny Ward with Tom Clarke. Clarke went into the right-back spot; allowing Hunt to move to right midfield.


Town's team (4-4-2):

Ian Bennett; Gary Naysmith, Peter Clarke (c), Jamie McCombe, Jack Hunt; Gary Roberts (Danny Cadamarteri 75), Oscar Gobern, Tommy Miller, Danny Ward (Tom Clarke 89); Lee Novak, Jordan Rhodes

Unused substitutes:

Nick Colgan, Anton Robinson, Alan Lee

Bookings Wycombe: John Halls 78,

Bookings Town:

Attendance: 4,465

    Data provided by Press Association


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