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Report: Wycombe 1-1 Accrington

16 August 2016

Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his first Wycombe goal but Accrington battled back to earn a point at Adams Park.

The summer signing from AFC Wimbledon headed home from Joe Jacobson's free-kick after just five minutes, but there was an early goal at the start of the second half as well when Sean McConville converted a cross from the right.

Stanley were dealt a blow in the warm-up when midfielder Scott Brown was forced out of the starting line-up with an injury, paving the way for Arron Davies to come into the team.

The game was just four minutes old when Adebayo Akinfenwa opened his account for the club to break the deadlock, meeting Joe Jacobson’s free-kick with a powerful header to give his marker and the keeper no chance of denying him.

Sean McConville was the visitors’ brightest attacking outlet in their quest for an equaliser but he drilled wide from distance with debutant keeper Jamal Blackman relatively untroubled in the first stages of his first ever EFL appearance.

In fact his monstrous throws were another weapon in the Wanderers’ armoury, as he looked to spark a quick attack at every opportunity, in what was the Blues’ most spritely performance for some time.

They came close a second when Michael Harriman’s cross was nodded back into danger by Akinfenwa but as Southwell used his body well to block off his man, Matt Bloomfield’s low shot cannoned back off him and away to safety, before the keeper collected another Akinfenwa header moments later.

Opportunities kept coming and Jacobson was denied a goal against his former club when Aaron Chapman just about held on to his well-struck free-kick, with Aaron Pierre lurking for a rebound.

But Accrington improved as the half wore on and began to find their feet, sending in a series of testing deliveries which were well dealt with although Billy Kee should have hit the target with a header from Sean McConville’s cross.

John O’Sullivan’s low shot then brought about a comfortable save from Blackman down to his right, before Stanley were indebted to a goal-line clearance for preventing a second Wycombe goal as Aaron Pierre thundered a header from Jacobson’s free-kick, with the ball being scrambled clear with Sido Jombati and Bloomfield just unable to capitalise.

Matty Pearson and Jacobson received yellow cards in separate incidents before a smart punched clearance from Blackman alleviated a threat from a Stanley free-kick in first-half stoppage time.

The rapturous applause for the Blues at half-time told the story after a dominant half where they’d outplayed their opponents for long parts, although the lead was slender, given to them early on by Akinfenwa.

And they were pegged back just three minutes into the second half when Janoi Donacien’s cross from the right was allowed to find a path through to Sean McConville, who side-footed home from eight yards to make it 1-1 and leave the Chairboys needing to recapture their attacking threat to go on and find a winner.

They came close when Sam Wood cracked a volley against the top of the bar from distance, before Gareth Ainsworth shuffled his team with the introduction of Nick Freeman from the bench, moving Michael Harriman to left-back with Joe Jacobson making way.

Stanley had discovered a creative spark which had deserted them in the early stages and Blues made further changes in a bid to swing the pendulum back in their favour, with Garry Thompson and Marcus Bean coming into the fold in place of Akinfenwa and Wood.

Thompson had a sight of goal straightaway as he latched on to a poor back-pass but was denied a shooting chance after taking his first touch, but chances dried up as the game became more fraught and riddled with mistakes at the crucial moments.

Arron Davies shot straight at Blackman before Freeman fired wide at the end of a probing run, and the same player then forced a save from the keeper with an effort from distance which was tipped around the post.

Neither side could find a winner in five minutes of stoppage time to leave them both with one win, one draw and one defeat to their name after three games in the new Sky Bet League Two season.

Wycombe: Blackman, Jombati, Jacobson (Freeman 63), Stewart, Pierre, Harriman, Bloomfield, McGinn, Wood (Bean 69), Akinfenwa (Thompson 69), Southwell.

Unused subs: Richardson, De Havilland, Rowe.

Accrington: Chapman, Donacien, Pearson, Beckles, Hughes, O’Sullivan (Hewitt 85), Conneely, Davies, McConville, Eagles (Boco 82), Kee.

Unused subs: Parish, Jones, Lacey, Hery.

Referee: Brendan Malone

Attendance: 2,747 (51 from Accrington)

Winning 50/50 Blue £1 Draw Number: 02405
Prize Money: £474.00

Winning 50/50 Orange £2 Draw Number: 13051
Prize Money: £30.00

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