Report: Wycombe 0-0 BlackpoolJamal Blackman saved a late penalty to secure a point for the Chairboys after an evenly-matched affair against fellow promotion chasers Blackpool.
The Chelsea loanee guessed right to keep out Brad Potts's spot-kick with just four minutes remaining, having also denied the same player with a stunning reaction save straight after half-time.
Gareth Ainsworth recalled Aaron Pierre to the starting line-up following a spell on the sidelines with an injury, while Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke O’Nien also came into the first XI after impressing as substitutes in the 2-1 win at Grimsby.
The visitors had the game’s first chance when Jordan Flores surged forward and saw his shot blocked before he then got in the way of Jack Payne’s follow-up, and then at the other end, Sam Wood’s dangerous cross was tipped away before Paris Cowan-Hall returned the ball into danger and both Wood and Marcus Bean – facing his former club – saw efforts blocked.
Adebayo Akinfenwa then threatened when he won an aerial duel with Tom Aldred but fired wide as he landed off-balance, and then two dangerous set-pieces deliveries from Joe Jacobson tested the visiting defence who cleared in the nick of time.
Blackpool almost took the lead in fortuitous circumstances when Brad Potts’s cross from the right sailed ominously towards the back post but struck the woodwork and bounced to safety.
The game was well poised with neither keeper really being tested, as Jack Payne flashed a volley wide from distance while both defences coped well with deliveries into the area.
Paris Cowan-Hall almost added to his wonder-strike at Grimsby with another impressive effort from distance three minutes before the interval, but his dive swerved low to the keeper’s left and was tipped behind for a corner.
It was Dean Lyness’s opposite number Jamal Blackman who excelled moments after the interval, somehow clawing the ball away from the goal-line after Brad Potts had sidefooted Nathan Delfouneso’s clever cross towards the net.
Then at the other end Aaron Pierre poked the ball over when well-placed from a free-kick in a pulsating period of play, and then Akinfenwa also missed the target with a header from Jacobson’s set-piece.
But the frenetic opening to the second half subsided and the game became scrappier with neither side looking cohesive enough in attack to force a breakthrough.
Gareth Ainsworth made the first change, bringing on Myles Weston for Dayle Southwell on the left side of the attack, before Blackpool followed suit with a double substitution as Jamille Matt and Neil Danns came into the fray.
Nathan Delfouneso had been denied by a well-timed diving block by Michael Harriman moments earlier, but with neither side looking content to settle for a point, it was Blackpool who thought they’d be leaving with all three when they were awarded a penalty with just four minutes remaining.
Jamille Matt went down under a challenge from Max Muller and referee Chris Sarginson pointed to the spot, but Brad Potts’s effort was superbly kept out by Jamal Blackman, who repeated his heroics from the Checkatrade Trophy win against the Tangerines in January.
There were to be no further late twists, keeping both sides in the hunt for a play-off place, as Wanderers look ahead to the visit of Plymouth Argyle to Adams Park on Tuesday.
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