Wanderers failed to create enough chances to take full advantage of Anthony Tonkin’s red card as they drew 0-0 at Aldershot.
Jordan Archer made three stunning saves in the space of 60 seconds in the first half, but after that neither side really took control and a draw was a fair result.
Caretaker boss Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the team that faced Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, recalling himself to the XI as well as the fit-again Stuart Lewis and Dennis Oli. Skipper Gary Doherty and Anthony Stewart missed out through injury with Junior Morias reverting to the bench.
Aldershot started well and forced several early corners, but the Wanderers defended well and nullified the attacking threat. The home side’s backline didn’t cover themselves in any glory early on and struggled to cope every time Wycombe put a cross into the area.
It was the hosts who had the first effort on goal in the 13th minute when Peter Vincenti headed goalwards, but Jordan Archer saved comfortably low to his right.
Archer kept the scores level five minutes when he produced three brilliant point-blank stops as Sonny Bradley and Vincenti were denied in a goalmouth scramble. The chances came from a cross from the Aldershot right and that’s where the hosts looked the most dangerous in the first half.
Danny Hylton tried his luck in the 26th minute, but again the impressive Archer made the save. The visitors were handed a boost two minutes later when Aldershot left-back Anthony Tonkin brought down Ainsworth and was shown a second yellow card after earlier being booked for a foul on Bruno Andrade. Ainsworth headed the resulting free-kick at Jamie Young.
The veteran was denied by an even better save a minute later when Young somehow tipped away his 25-yard effort. It was a stunning stop as Ainsworth’s powerful strike was heading for the top corner.
Dave Winfield was inches away from giving the Chairboys the lead five minutes before the break. Andrade beat Morris on the Wycombe right and his dangerous cross was flicked on by Oli and a stretching Winfield was just unable to keep his effort down.
Craig Reid curled harmlessly over the bar soon after the restart as the home side were quick out of the traps and Danny Rose then slipped while shooting and went well wide.
Wycombe struggled to create anything until midway through when Oli headed inches wide of Young’s post from Scowen’s inviting free-kick. Spring then headed wide after neat play from Grant on the left as Wycombe stepped up the pace with 15 minutes remaining.
Andrade scuffed a left-footed into the ground with seven minutes left, but Wycombe’s best chance to claim all three points came four minutes later when Spring’s 25-yard free-kick forced Young into a fine save low to his right.
Wycombe: Archer, Lewis, Wood, Dunne, Winfield (c), Ainsworth (Morias 66), Scowen, Spring, Andrade, Grant, Oli (Taylor 73).
Subs: Harrison, Hause, Kewley-Graham, Angol, Logan.
Aldershot: Young, Herd (c), Tonkin, Brown, Bradley, Cadogan (A Morris 28), Payne, Vincenti, Rose, Hylton, Reid (Sinclair 73)
Subs: G Morris, Rankine, Sinclair, Branston, Donnelly, Munns.
Attendance: 2,042 (291 Wanderers).