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Posted Sun 25 Apr 04 at 19:22 PM


Matt Harrold's 72nd minute equaliser gave Brentford a share of the spoils against Wycombe.

Nathan Tyson's strike early in the second half threatened to give The Chairboys all three points in a match that was devoid of any real creativity - understandable perhaps given the match was of utmost importance.

The visitors signaled their early intentions, Nathan Tyson firing narrowly wide just outside the box from Steve Brown's clever pass. The half developed into lots of huffing and puffing in the hot weather, but neither side provided the vital breakthrough.

Skipper Michael Dobson withdrew at half-time due to a back injury. Martin Allen brought on Matt Harrold to replace Kevin O'Connor up front, allowing the Republic of Ireland under-21 International to switch to right-back. Wycombe took a surprise lead in the 52nd minute. Michael Simpson's pass gave Danny Senda the opportunity to fire in a shot-cum-cross that Nathan Tyson gleefully tapped in from two yards out on the back-post.

The equalizer was scrappy, but no less than The Bees deserved. Stephen Hunt whipped over a cross that Matt Harrold cleverly side-footed home from six yards, the ball taking a slight deflection off Ian Simpemba.

Wycombe should have wrapped up the three points seven minutes from time when Mark Philo found Danny Senda unmarked in the box.

But the defender inexplicably side-footed the ball against the post with the goal gaping, and the ball bounced back across the goal-line for Tyson to blaze over, much to most of Griffin Park's relief.

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