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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 April, 2003, 21:35 GMT 22:35 UK
Wycombe 0-4 Cardiff

Peter Thorne set Cardiff on their way
Peter Thorne claimed an early goal to settle Cardiff nerves
Cardiff boosted their automatic promotion chances with an impressive 4-0 hammering of Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on Tuesday night.

Striker Peter Thorne grabbed a goal in each half, and further strikes by Alan Mahon and Andy Legg ensured the Welsh side leapfrogged Oldham into third.

Wycombe were put to the sword immediately by the Bluebirds, with defender Chris Vinnicombe just clearing Mahon's third-minute shot.

But within 60 seconds the visitors were ahead when Thorne headed his 12th of the season after good work by fellow frontman Robert Earnshaw.

Chairboys striker Jonny Dixon smashed against the crossbar soon after, but Cardiff were good value for their one-goal lead at the break.

Cardiff went searching for a greater cushion in the second half, and the hosts were undone on 68 minutes when Mahon picked up a loose pass from Michael Simpson and smashed home a glorious drive.

Simpson almost redeemed himself moments later when he hit the post from close range.

But the visitors wrapped up the points in the closing stages when Thorne converted Gareth Ainsworth's 81st-minute cross, and then Legg fired home from the edge of the area.

Wycombe: Talia, Rogers, Johnson, Ryan, Vinnicombe, Bulman, Simpson, Brown, Senda, Dixon, Currie.
Subs: Roberts, Holligan, Thomson, Cook, Simpemba.

Cardiff: Margetson, Weston, Prior, Barker, Croft, Mahon, Kavanagh, Boland, Ainsworth, Earnshaw, Thorne.
Subs: Gabbidon, Gordon, Bonner, Legg, Walton.

Referee: C Penton (Sussex).



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