Gareth Ainsworth’s reputation continues to rise after his newly-promoted Wycombe Wanderers side saw off promotion chasing Barnsley to move up to 9th in League One.
The Chairboys’ manager has overseen six consecutive home league wins at Adams Park, equalling the club record in the EFL. The latest three points came courtesy of Randell Williams’ first goal since September, a rasping strike that was too hot for Adam Davies to handle.
Wanderers made four changes from their 2-1 win at Accrington ten days ago, which included a debut for latest emergency loan ‘keeper Stephen Henderson. Jason McCarthy started against his old club. Barnsley’s German boss Daniel Stendel opted for one alteration from their cup success at Southend, and it saw Jacob Brown replace the suspended Dimitri Cavaré.
There were little chances in the early stages of proceedings, although Wycombe’s strikeforce of Alex Samuel and Nathan Tyson were typically industrious in making themselves known to the Tykes’ defence. Adam El-Abd had a header saved and Fred Onyedinma fired wide as the Chairboys began to assert themselves on the game. However, it was arguably the visitors who came closest to a goal in the first 45 minutes as debutant Henderson made a hash of a cross but recovered in style to tip away Ethan Pinnock’s header.
HALF-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Barnsley
Wanderers came flying out the traps in the second period, with Adam Davies now taking his turn to make a great save, somehow denying Randell Williams from point blank range. Consistent Wycombe pressure followed, and it eventually paid off soon after as a corner was cleared to Williams and his first time shot squirmed past the grasp of Davies. Barnsley had a couple of half chances, but Adam Davies was troubled once more from a header from Adam El-Abd and Barnsley couldn’t do the same for Stephen Henderson, so Wanderers held on for another fantastic victory at home and a record-equalling sixth consecutive win at Adams Park.
FULL-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Barnsley
Up next for Gareth Ainsworth and his in-form side is a trip to struggling Gillingham before they return to South Bucks against even lower-placed AFC Wimbledon looking to break their record of consecutive home wins in the EFL.