Anthony Stewart’s second goal of the season ultimately counted for nothing as Bury came from behind to win 2-1 at 10-man Wanderers.
Stewart opened the scoring in the first half, but the visitors drew level in the 69th minute through Tom Soares.
Matt Bloomfield was shown a straight red card midway through the second half for a late challenge on Shaun Beeley and the visitors secured the spoils two minutes from when William Edjenguele headed home.
Gareth Ainsworth named an unchanged starting XI, but there was one alteration on the bench as top scorer returned after recovering from a nerve problem in his thigh.
The visitors started well with Jordan Mustoe seeing an effort charged down before Danny Hylton’s flick went harmlessly wide of Matt Ingram’s post.
However, it was the Wanderers who took the lead in the 15th minute when Anthony Stewart eluded his marker to meet Josh Scowen’s corner and fire high into the roof of the net. The goal owed much to Scowen who won the corner himself after stinging the palms of Brian Jensen from fully 25 yards.
The goal sparked the Blues into life and Jo Kuffour and Paris Cowan-Hall were both inches away from converting Nick Arnold’s low cross after the right-back had been picked out by Scowen’s exquisite crossfield pass.
Stewart came close to doubling his and the Chairboys’ tally in the 22nd minute when a patient spell of passing saw the centre-back receive the ball 20 yards out and his powerful drive flew just over.
It was so close to being two in the 31st minute when Matt Bloomfield’s clever first-time pass sent Cowan-Hall through on goal, but the ball hit the forward on the back and he had to readjust his feet before lobbing over.
Substitute Anton Forrester had Bury’s chance of the opening period and he almost levelled in style three minutes before the break.
The Blackburn Rovers loanee collected the ball on the edge of the area before turning and curling towards Ingram’s far post, however, it flew just wide with Blues’ No.1 struggling to get there.
Wanderers almost had the perfect start to the second half when Bloomfield was played in on goal, but Jensen thwarted the midfielder with a fine save with his legs.
There were chances at both ends early on and Tom Soares should have done better when he blazed Chris Sedgwick’s cross over from close range.
Stewart was in the thick of the action at both ends and saw an effort cleared off the line in the 57th minute, before Hause fired the rebound wide after Bury had again failed to deal with a Scowen corner.
The Shakers looked more threatening in front of goal after the break and Danny Mayor’s superb curler from just inside the left touchline had Ingram beaten, but drifted just wide.
The equaliser came in the 69th minute when Forrester found space on the left and he cut the ball back for Soares to sidefoot home from six yards.
It was almost 2-1 to the visitors 60 seconds later when Shaun Harrad met Sedgwick’s cross, but Ingram saved well down to his left.
Ainsworth made his first changes in the 73rd minute, introducing Morgan and McClure at the expense of Knott and Kuffour.
Blues were reduced to 10 men two minutes later when Bloomfield was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Shaun Beeley after overrunning the ball.
Ainsworth made his final change seven minutes from time with Max Kretzschmar coming on for Cowan-Hall, but it was the visitors who struck five minutes later when William Edjenguele headed home Sedgwick’s corner.
Ingram did well to keep out Forrester’s low effort with his feet as Bury almost added a third and the Chairboys didn’t threaten a late leveller.
Wanderers: Ingram, Arnold, Dunne, Hause, Stewart, Bloomfield, Lewis (c), Scowen, Cowan-Hall (Kretzschmar 84), Knott (Morgan 73), Kuffour (McClure 73).
Subs: Horlock, Doherty, Wood, Pittman.
Bury: Jensen, Beeley, Mustoe, Cameron, Edjenguele, Sedgwick, Procter (c), Soares, Mayor, Harrard, Hylton (Forrester 40).
Subs: Charles-Cook, Hinds, Miller, Holden, Rooney, Walker.
Attendance: 3,350 (180 Bury)