Wycombe and Exeter cancelled each other out in a game of few chances at Adams Park, although the Chairboys looked the more likely to claim the victory.
Adebayo Akinfenwa had Wanderers’ best chances but was unable to find the breakthrough, while Wycombe keeper Scott Brown was virtually untroubled throughout as Exeter seemed pleased with their point.
Gareth Ainsworth was forced into two changes to his starting line-up, with Sam Saunders joining Nathan Tyson on the injury list after picking up a knock in training on Friday, so Nick Freeman and Dominic Gape came into the side while Josh Umerah dropped out of the squad due to an injury problem.
Wanderers looked for a bright start and Joe Jacobson curled a free-kick wide following a handball 25 yards out, while Adebayo Akinfenwa was proving to be a handful with the visiting defence just doing enough to keep him at bay.
The Beast was presented with a golden opportunity to break the deadlock on 19 minutes when Ebere Eze seized on a defensive mistake to float a cross to the back post, but Akinfenwa placed his free header over the bar.
Another delightful Eze chip almost set Craig Mackail-Smith free but the ball bounced unkindly in his path and Exeter cleared, and then Akinfenwa guided a header wide from Joe Jacobson’s free-kick from deep.
City’s first real chance arrived on the half-hour mark when Scott Brown denied Hiram Boateng with a fine save, before Marcus Bean collected a fifth yellow card of the season which rules him out of Tuesday’s trip to Carlisle, having fouled Boateng 30 yards out.
It could’ve got worse for the Blues, but Jayden Stockley’s beautifully curled free-kick clipped the top of the crossbar and landed in the stand.
Exeter were forced into a change shortly before the interval when Boateng left the field with an injury, and Lee Holmes took his place.
There were no changes at the interval, though Wanderers began well and after Dominic Gape’s cross was just too high for Akinfenwa, the striker drilled into the side netting on the half-volley after smartly controlling a diagnonal cross on his chest.
At the other end, Sido Jombati slid in excellently to deny Reuben Reid a shooting chance inside the box after the forward wriggled clear, before Reid couldn’t leap high enough to divert a rising cross from the right after peeling away from his marker.
Half-chances fell the way of Akinfenwa and Mackail-Smith as the game began to open up after the hour-mark, before another fine chance fell the way of the Beast when Ebere Eze skipped down the right and laid it on a plate, only for the ball to skid off the turf and fly wide off his left-foot.
Wanderers were almost made to pay immediately, but were indebted to Adam El-Abd for a superb brave block as Jake Taylor pulled the trigger, with City finding too much room in the box.
Wycombe broke, and Akinfenwa side-footed wide from Freeman’s low pass 18 yards out, before Ainsworth made a double-change with Paris Cowan-Hall and Dayle Southwell coming into the attack, replacing Freeman and Mackail-Smith.
Exeter responded shortly after, with Liam McAlinden taking Reid’s place up top, but it was Wycombe who were pressing for the winner, enjoying plenty of possession inside the visitors’ half without really testing Christy Pym.
Dan Scarr replaced Sido Jombati in the Wycombe backline as the clock ticked towards 90, and Anthony Stewart was denied a stunning winner when the referee blew for a foul on Pym a second before the ball fell into the path of the defender.
0-0 was how it finished, ending the Blues’ run of four straight wins, but they more than matched the leaders and will take confidence going into Tuesday’s trip to Carlisle.
Attendance: 5,006 (500 from Exeter)
Winning 50/50 numbers:
Blue £1 (£757.00): 17432
Orange £2 (£155.00): 30120