After last weekend's premature celebrations at Bournmouth the Chairboys were brought back down to earth on a wild wet and windy night at Adams Park.

The wind and driving rain are difficult conditions for football but I cannot make excuses for the poor performances tonight. As a supporter first and journalist a straggling second I am hugely disappointed about tonight's result.

Wycombe started the brightest and in the opening 15 minutes we had half chances from Michael Simpson, Stuart Roberts, Keith Ryan and Sean Devine. However on 19 minutes without any pressure Dannie Bulman passed to his former team mate Richard Walker in the midfield. He said thanks very much, passed to new signing Scott Taylor who buried into the Wycombe net after a wicked deflection.

Four minutes later it was another howler from the normally totally dependable Martin Taylor. A shocking clearance went straight to Blackpool's John Murphy and his cross was met by Walker who headed past Taylor to make it 2-0.

It wasn't just Wycombe making mistakes. On 28 minutes Wycombe broke with Roberts but the referee blew his whistle and after consulting the linesman he booked Brian Reid of Blackpool and awarded a free kick at the edge of the Wycombe penalty area. No sign of any advantage to the home side.

Despite being 2-0 down we had the wind behind us and carried on the pressure deep in the Blackpool half. Further chances fell to Darren Currie and Bullman almost made up for his mistake but his long range effort went just wide of the post.

The only time Blackpool created a chance for themselves Scott Taylor drove a powerful shot which Martin Taylor parried away to safety. At this stage of the season the league position doesn't lie and Wycombe are clearly the better team but for 2 mistakes we would have been level at the interval.

Just before the whistle Chris Vinnicombe received a yellow card but Blackpool could not capitalise on the freekick.

At the start of the second half it was yet another defensive error which made the score 3-0 to Blackpool. The ball fell to Keith Ryan from a corner and he failed to clear and Walker toe poked the ball over the line for his second.

Playing into the wind we could not get the ball out of our half and changes were needed. On 49 minutes Jermaine McSporran came on for the ineffective Gavin Holligan and two minutes later Steve Brown replaced the unlucky Darren Currie.

I find it difficult to describe what the Wycombe defence were playing at tonight. Last month Roger Johnson stepped in to replace the injured Paul McCarthy and the teenager was sorely missed tonight. It's ironic before the match Johnson received the Player Of The Month award for January.

With the game already lost we had our best spell of the game. On the hour mark we had three corners in a row. At the third the ball was cleared as far as Roberts. He crossed the ball back across the goal and Rogers headed over the keeper but was adjudged to be offside. I don't think it was but at 3-0 it hardly mattered.

On 65 minutes we had some excitement in front of where I was sitting. Scott Taylor was being booked for an earlier foul and while the ref was taking his name McSporran was hitting Blackpool's John O'Kane with his handbag. After consulting his assistant the ref gave both players a yellow card for this incident.

This livened up the game a little and on 77 minutes Rogers also received a yellow card. We were still piling on the pressure. McSporran's pace was causing Blackpool trouble. It was his cross on 80 minutes that was intended for Brown but the comedy continued as the ball went through his legs as he attempted the shot.

A minute later Devine had a good shot. Barnes could only push the ball out to McSporran but his shot went wide. On 81 minutes the pressure did pay off. Brown collected the ball and ran towards goal. With the ball on his right foot, a shot was unlikely. McSporran was on hand to take the ball and he found the net to make the score 3-1. It was still unlikely Wycombe would get anything from this game but that did not stop Blackpool from wasting as much time as possible. On 83 minutes Tommy Jaszczun was booked for wasting time at a throw-in.

It soon became irrelevant. With 3 minutes of normal time remaining Walker tried to get his hat trick but his shot stopped in the muddy goal mouth. Taylor dived but the ball never reached him. Murphy was there to slot it home. The three previous goals were a farce so why should the fourth be any different.

With that Walker was substituted and replaced by Martin Bullock. Just the one ? It seemed like a whole lot more.

Man of the match MARK ROGERS

Wycombe Wanderers

Taylor, Vinnicombe, Ryan, Rogers (c), Senda, Currie (Brown 51), Bullman, Simpson, Roberts, Devine, Holligan (McSporran 49). Subs not used Emblen, Townsend, Lee.


Barnes, Jaszczun, O'Kane, Reid, Wellens, Murphy, Collins, Hills, Walker (Bullock 87), Marshall (c), Taylor. Subs not used Simpson, Pullen, Fenton, Day.

Attendance 5803