Report: Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Burton Albion

It was a day of milestones at Adams Park as Wycombe ended their hoodoo against Burton to pick up their first home three points in League One since a 4-2 win over Leyton Orient in March 2012.

After going six league games without a win, two first-half goals from Joe Jacobson and Adebayo Akinfenwa set Wanderers on their way to ending that run, and despite an early second half goal from Marvin Sordell, they hung on to move out of the early relegation zone. Jacobson scored his third penalty of the season on his 200th appearance for the club, while Akinfenwa’s goal marked his 200th in English football.

The Chairboys made two chances as September’s Fans’ Player of the Month, Bryn Morris, was dropped for Curtis Thompson, who ended up proving his inclusion with a fantastic performance. The other alteration from the draw at Fleetwood saw the suspended Sido Jombati replaced by Joe Jacobson for his 200th Wycombe appearance as Jason McCarthy moved to centre-back. Randell Williams and Craig Mackail-Smith started alongside the Beast up front.

Burton also made a pair of changes, which saw Ben Turner and Marvin Sordell come in for Damien McCrory and David Templeton.

Kick-off

A few of Wycombe’s recent games have seen Wanderers dominated in the early stages, which in a couple of cases, has led to an unassailable lead for the opposition. However, this time, it was a more cagey start to the game with Burton having slightly more chances. The home side created the first clear-cut chance just before the half-hour mark when Akinfenwa flicked on a long throw and Mackail-Smith could only head wide with the goal gaping. However, the Chairboys did what they have failed to do a lot so far this season and score while on top. Mackail-Smith was fouled by Kyle McFadzean and Joe Jacobson stuck away the penalty for 1-0 and only the second time the Chairboys had been leading a league game at Adams Park in 2018-19. The lead was doubled soon after as Randell Williams did brilliantly to cross to Akinfenwa, who guided his header into the corner impressively. Wanderers had played better this season than they did in the first half, but they found themselves 2-0 in front thanks to some much-needed clinical finishing.

HALF-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Burton Albion

The Brewers got one back almost immediately in the second period as Liam Boyce did well to keep the ball on the edge of the area and played it through to Marvin Sordell, who rounded Ryan Allsop and finished with ease. Sordell then had a shot blocked by his own man in Boyce, which sparked Wycombe back in to life as Mackail-Smith headed a Williams cross over. This was the only real chance Wanderers created in the final 45 minutes though as the introduction of Devante Cole for the visitors almost got them level. He was a nuisance to the Chairboys defence, and this was nearly terminal in injury time as he somehow went through on goal but took it too far to allow Jacobson to complete a near-perfect 200th Wycombe appearance. There was still time at the end of the seven minutes added for Cole to fire over the bar. This was what handed Wycombe their long-awaited win in South Bucks to send the 3800 Wanderers fans home happy.

FULL-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Burton Albion

That result puts Nigel Clough under a bit of pressure in the Midlands with fans disappointed about recent results after relegation from the Championship. Wycombe couldn’t care less though, and they march on to Coventry next weekend with a second league win of the season under their belts.

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