A brilliant all-round Wycombe performance earned them a sensational 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Peterborough United.
It was Wanderers’ fourth home win in a row, and after a shaky start to the season at Adams Park, they are now looking pretty formidable in South Bucks. If they can find their away form again, then who knows what Gareth Ainsworth’s men can achieve this season?
The Chairboys made four changes to their 3-2 defeat at Walsall last weekend with Adebayo Akinfenwa and Michael Harriman both injured. They were replaced by Randell Alex Samuel and Darius Charles, with Jason McCarthy moving to right-back. The other two alterations saw Dom Gape and Randell Williams come in for Curtis Thompson and Craig Mackail-Smith.
This meant Wycombe lined up in a 4231/4411 formation with Alex Samuel supplemented by a central Paris Cowan-Hall and the widemen Randell Williams and Fred Onyedinma. Steve Evans’ Peterborough were unchanged from their win at Burton, although former Premier League centre-back Sébastien Bassong was on the bench for the first time.
The early stages were quite even with Wanderers having slightly more of the ball, but Posh looking more dangerous with it. The closest to a goal in the first twenty minutes came from a Joe Jacobson free-kick as his curling effort was clawed away from the top corner by Aaron Chapman. Ivan Toney then went on a strong run but his effort was wayward. The former Newcastle man then won a corner for his side, which was headed harmlessly over by Ryan Tafazolli. Undoubtedly the best chance of the first half fell to Rhys Bennett as Darius Charles completely missed the ball, but the Peterborough man could only fire straight at Ryan Allsop who still did well to save.
HALF-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Peterborough United
Paris Cowan-Hall headed just over from a corner before Allsop saved well from Matt Godden when he was played in as the game started to come to life. Fred Onyedinma then did brilliantly to get past a couple of defenders with a real chance at goal but he was brought down just outside the box by Tafazolli. It was only a booking with perhaps the chance of a red, but Bryn Morris made everyone forget about that when his underwhelming free-kick took a deflection in the Posh wall and nestled in the corner.
This put more impetus into Wycombe’s play, and they had the visitors on the ropes and were forcing a lot of mistakes out of one of the favourites for promotion this season. A couple of late chances fell for substitute Jason Cummings, but the Chairboys’ defence was equal to them and a seemingly eternal injury time period finally ended for Wycombe’s fifth League One win of the season to take them up to 21 points.
FULL-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Peterborough United
Another brilliant home success for Gareth Ainsworth, and they can take this into two local cup matches this week, first Oxford in the Checkatrade Trophy which is followed by Luton in the FA Cup. They the should have the mammoth task of travelling to in-form Sunderland, but that game is subject to international call-ups.