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Leaky defence costs Wycombe in derby thriller

A PULSATING derby game ended in defeat for Wycombe as they conceded four soft goals to allow MK Dons to edge a seven-goal thriller.

A PULSATING derby game ended in defeat for Wycombe as they conceded four soft goals to allow MK Dons to edge a seven-goal thriller.

Two second-half strikes in two minutes from debutant Blues striker Marcello Trotta and strike partner Stuart Beavon had stunned the home side and put them 2-1 up on 54 minutes.

But MK Dons were too powerful going forward and carved a leaky Wycombe defence open time and time again to earn the derby spoils.

Nevertheless, there were positives to take from defeat against a promotion-chasing outfit.

Trotta and Beavon looked good up-front and the teenage Italian Fulham loanee could make a big impact on Wycombe's season and be the natural goalscorer they crave.

But they have to fix their leaky defence if they want to come out of a vital Christmas period in with a shout of League One survival.

The thrills and spills of this enthralling derby started after just 30 seconds when Charlie MacDonald's effort was tipped over the bar by Nikki Bull.

Joel Grant and Stuart Lewis sent efforts off target before Bowditch opened the scoring on 14 minutes when he calmly slotted away from inside the box after a swift MK Dons counter-attack.

The home side attacked at will and looked incredibly dangerous but Jabo Ibehre was foiled by a smart Bull save and Darren Potter shot wide.

Wycombe looked to have weathered the storm and started to create chances of their own.

Grant looked to be denied a clear penalty on the half hour mark when he was hauled down by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

The winger missed an even better chance moments later when Trotta slid him in but he could not beat Dons stopper David Martin with his low effort.

Most of the crowd were expecting an MK Dons onslaught after the but Beavon and Trotta had other ideas as they turned the game on its head with two goals in two minutes.

Top scorer Beavon got the ball rolling on 51 minutes when he rifled the ball into the top corner.

Trotta showed the ruthless finishing edge that saw Blues sign the striker on loan on Friday when he pounced on a home defensive error and coolly slotted the ball in to put the visitors ahead.

A roller-coaster second-half was not over. And Bowditch levelled just three minutes later when he slotted home a Luke Chadwick cross.

But defensive frailties continue to hurt Wanderers and they were exposed again when MacDonald was released down the right hand side.

The veteran striker centred for Ibehre who spun and prodded the ball in to put the Dons back in the lead and it was 4-2 on 70 minutes when Kouo-Doumbe headed in from a corner.

Beavon set up a frantic finale when his late 30-yard rocket flew into the top corner on 90 minutes. But with three-minutes of added time left, it was too late for Blues to snatch a point.

MK DONS: Martin, Lewington, Kouo-Doumbe, Beevers, Gleeson, Potter, Flanagan, Chadwick, Bowditch (O'Shea 88), MacDonald, Ibehre (Balanta 78).

Subs (not used): McLoughlin, MacKenzie, Williams.

Booked: None.

WANDERERS: Bull, Foster (McCoy 74), Tunnicliffe, Winfield, Basey, Grant (Ibe 81), Lewis, Rowlands (Donnelly 23), Harris, Beavon, Trotta.

Subs (not used): Bloomfield, Strevens, Ibe.

Booked: None.

Att: 9,701.

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