Matt Bloomfield scored on his 500th career appearance but it wasn’t enough as Wycombe fell to a 4-2 defeat to play-off chasing Peterborough at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday.
The hosts got off to a flying start as Matt Godden scored two goals inside the opening ten minutes before Ryan Tafazolli’s own goal gave the Chairboys a pathway back into the game.
Marcus Maddison’s sumptuous free-kick saw Posh regain a two-goal buffer, but Conor O’Malley’s mistake saw Bloomfield claw the deficit back to one goal once more.
The Blues looked the side more in control in the second period but a quick move saw Maddison grab a brace of his own and that was to be the final blow for Wanderers.
Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to his side after last weekend;s defeat to Gillingham as Alex Samuel and Nick Freeman came in to replace Scott Kashket and Paris Cowan-Hall.
Peterborough saw Daniel Lafferty, Callum Cooke and Godden replace Kyle Dempsey, Tyler Denton and Ivan Toney following his red card against Shrewsbury last time out.
Neither side were coming into the game in great form with the Chairboys winless in their last five and Peterborough only managing one win in seven in the league, but it was the hosts who started brightly and opened the scoring early.
Boro’s initial corner was cleared but the ball soon found its way out wide to Marcus Maddison. The midfielder played a low ball in-behind the Blues’ defence allowing Godden to fire home from close range at the far-post.
Godden had been lacking in form of late but looked to be a striker on top of his game as he soon scored a second moments later to put Darren Ferguson’s side 2-0 up inside just ten minutes.
It was a poor start from the Chairboys who looked to be struggling defensively but they soon pulled a goal back. Good play between Freeman and Jason McCarthy down the right saw the full-back play the ball into a dangerous area. It was met by the head of Posh defender Tafazolli but his awkward positioning saw him steer the ball into his own net.
It was a fast-paced opening to the game with Freeman and Maddison looking the most likely to make something happen for either side.
Just as Wanderers were looking to grow into the game however, Peterborough regained their two-goal cushion as a stunning free-kick from Maddison flew into the top corner on the half-hour mark.
Maddison was continuing to threaten for the Chairboys’ backline as Posh looked to kick on going forward but they couldn’t shake off Ainsworth’s men as they found a route back into the game once more.
Freeman was at the heart of the move as Conor O’Malley looked to collect his high cross. The goalkeeper, however, fumbled the ball and Adebayo Akinfenwa’s lay off sat just right for Bloomfield who netted on his 500th career appearance.
Wycombe were buoyed by that second goal and the feeling at half-time was that the tie could go either way.
The belief looked to be with the Blues as they looked more in control at the beginning of the second-half, but they couldn’t quite conjure a clear chance on goal.
With 25 minutes left of the game, Wanderers were soon punished for not making use of their early dominance after the interval as Maddison grabbed his second of the afternoon after Godden combined with Lee Tomlin.
Ainsworth’s side were unfortunate to not find a route back into the match once more as they saw goal-line scrambles scrapped away by the Peterborough defence before Akinfenwa fired a header over the bar late on.
The result sees Wycombe sit six points above the drop in 12th ahead of their fixture against Sunderland on Saturday.