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Report: Wycombe 0-1 Charlton

Mammoth effort goes unrewarded at Adams Park.

9 April 2019

Wanderers did everything but score and ended up defeated after a strike from captain Jason Pearce saw Charlton Athletic snatch all three points from the Chairboys on Tuesday night at Adams Park.

Pearce’s powerful effort inside the area following a deep cross from Josh Cullen saw the Addicks take the lead in the 35th minute.

Wycombe had a wonderful chance to equalise early in the second half through Scott Kashket, however his powerful left-footed strike from close range was saved by the knee of keeper Dillon Phillips.

Both sides had their fair share of chances throughout the match, with Addicks attackers Igor Vetokele and Joe Aribo, in particular, looking sharp all evening.

Despite a valiant effort, the Chairboys couldn’t quite break down a resilient Charlton backline, seeing Wycombe’s run without a win increase to 12 league matches.

Following a narrow 3-2 defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday, Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to his starting eleven as Sido Jombati, Curtis Thompson, Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa came in to replace Anthony Stewart, Marcus Bean, Matt Bloomfield and Paris Cowan-Hall.

Both sides came out of the blocks quickly with both goalkeepers tested within the first three minutes of the match.

Scott Kashket looked to open the scoring within the first minute, however his low-drilled effort from a tight angle was saved by Charlton keeper Phillips after Adebayo Akinfenwa chested the ball down into his teammate’s path.

Then just moments later, the visitors had their first effort when Igor Vetokele’s shot from the edge of the area was saved by the shoulder of Ryan Allsop who rushed out to deal with the striker’s effort.

The Chairboys took the game to their opponent after what was a vibrant and energetic showing in the first half.

After the two early efforts on goal, the clear-cut chances dried up for both sides, until the 35th minute when the visitors broke the deadlock through captain Jason Pearce. Josh Cullen’s deep cross from the right was meet by defender Pearce who rifled the ball into the back of the net from inside the penalty box.

A great opening towards the end of the first half arose for Wycombe when Michael Harriman cut inside from the right and scooped the ball over the top of the Addicks defence towards Kashket, however the forward slipped inside the area which saw a decent chance go begging.

Charlton’s Vetokele would have had another strike on goal shortly after if it wasn’t for Wycombe’s Jason McCarthy, who did brilliantly to track back and get his body in front of the ball to block the shot.

In stoppage time, a header from Akinfenwa failed to test keeper Phillips as it looped over the crossbar, following a delivery from the left by Harriman.

It was nearly the perfect start for the Chairboys in the second half when a glorious chance fell to Kashket inside the penalty box. Alex Samuel drove at the Charlton backline before he cut the ball back to Kashket whose powerful left-footed strike from close range bounced off of the knee of keeper Phillips.

Charlton looked to grab a second goal, particularly through Vetokele and Aribo who were the most dangerous attackers for the visitors.

A brilliant tackle just before the hour mark from Harriman prevented the lively Joe Aribo from pulling the trigger with his left foot inside the area, before Jombati did well to intercept Vetokele which slowed down a Charlton counter-attack.

Wycombe continued to fight back and create chances in the final third and with less than 20 minutes on the clock, a low cross from the by-line by McCarthy’ nearly fell to Samuel, however defender Patrick Bauer was there to deal with the danger.

A diving header from Akinfenwa was saved low down by Phillips a few minutes later following McCarthy’s cross from the right, before Samuel’s weak flick towards the near post was comfortably collected by Charlton’s number one.

Wycombe continued to threaten in the closing stages with captain Adam El-Abd coming close after directing a strong header towards goal which was well saved by Phillips at the near post.

A Chairboy’s debut was handed to Ben Frempah who replaced Samuel with a few minutes to spare, with the hopes of the forward providing a late spark for Ainsworth’s side.

Charlton then came very close to doubling their lead in the 88th minute when Bauer found himself free at the far post, however his downward header was saved well by the feet of Allsop after a looping cross from the right.

Despite Wycombe pilling on the pressure and sending many deliveries into the penalty area, the Charlton backline defended very well and stood firm, seeing the visitors take all three points away from Adams Park.

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