Lewis delighted free kick practice pays off

Peter Murphy scored his third goal in four games thanks to a clever free kick routine

Peter Murphy scored his third goal in four games thanks to a clever free kick routine

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

STUART Lewis said Wanderers' second goal at Stevenage owed much to the players being given licence to come up with their set piece routines.

Wycombe's players spent Friday afternoon working on a free kick routine and practice made perfect as it led to the goal that put Blues in front at the Lamex Stadium the following day.

After winning a foul on the corner of the box, Steven Craig, Joe Jacobson and Sam Wood all ran over the dead ball to give the impression they'd made a meal of things.

But with jeers of derision ringing out from the home fans Wood quickly took the set piece with his favoured left foot, and with Stevenage players dithering Peter Murphy was on hand to score.

It meant Blues had come from behind to lead 2-1, and with Matt McClure wrapping things up with a late third Wanderers are still among the early season front runners with three wins from their opening four League Two matches.

Lewis said: "It's important the players have an input into it because they're the ones on the pitch. The management have a setup of how they want to play and how to do things, but we play our own way too.

"At any level you've got to work at set pieces and the management and players put a lot of time and effort into that. It paid off today where it matters, on the pitch.

"It was after training - a few of them who took it were around the ball. If we can do that and get a goal to go 2-1 up, that's when it matters.

"It was very well worked. We might have to keep coming up with them because people might have our number soon."

Lewis, a former Stevenage player, added: "When you go 1-0 down, especially away from home, to come back and win 3-1 at a very tough place to come to is a great result. I thought it was thoroughly deserved."

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