Duncan Watmore scored a stoppage time equaliser and three players saw red as Wycombe humbled Sunderland to a 1-1 draw at Adams Park on Saturday.
The Chairboys put in a stunning performance, particularly in the first-half when Alex Samuel grabbed a deserved goal ten minutes before the interval.
Chances fell for both sides in the second period with Tom Flanagan heading against the woodwork for the Black Cats and Matt Bloomfield seeing a good effort tipped over the bar on his 500th appearance in the light and dark blue quarters.
Despite Wycombe’s resilience, the visitors managed to sneak an equaliser in stoppage time after Watmore lashed home following a fumble from Ryan Allsop.
Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side who lost away at Peterborough last weekend as Marcus Bean, Luke Bolton and Nathan Tyson came in for Curtis Thompson, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Nick Freeman.
Sunderland boss Jack Ross named an unchanged side to the team that beat Plymouth in the league last Saturday.
Wycombe were coming into the game on the back of four straight defeats and were at risk of losing five in a row in the league for the first time since February 2017 but Ainsworth’s side were desperate to put their poor run of form to bed and looked bright in the opening stages.
Bloomfield was played across by Luke Bolton after some good work but a desperate challenge from Jimmy Dunne saw the dream start go begging for the hosts’ man of the moment inside just two minutes.
After creating the first chance, Bolton then had an even better one to score himself. Bloomfield latched onto a ball down the left and played it forward to Tyson. The winger got to the byline and pulled it back for Bolton at the far-post but he fired wide from five yards.
The Blues had marshalled the promotion pushing Black Cats well and were still knocking on the door as Joe Jacobson’s free-kick flew just over the bar with the home side convinced it took a deflection but the referee deemed otherwise.
Minutes later Wanderers took a deserved lead. Dominic Gape did brilliantly to beat his man and find Paris Cowan-Hall in space on the right. With Sunderland caught pressing high, Wycombe had found themselves in a two-on-one scenario which allowed Cowan-Hall to square the ball for Samuel to slot home and send Adams Park into delirium.
Sunderland had barely threatened in the first-half and Wycombe knew they’d be facing a different side after the interval.
Within five minutes of the second period Jack Ross’ side nearly equalised as Flanagan’s header rattled the bar following Grant Leadbitter’s free-kick.
The visitor’s early chance didn’t seem to faze the Chairboys though as they nearly grabbed a second when Jacobson’s corner flew across the face of goal but was just inches away from a Wycombe touch.
Heroic defending from Anthony Stewart saw Lewis Morgan’s attempt blocked before Bloomfield almost scored a goal of the season contender under the circumstances when his effort was tipped over the bar from Jon McLaughlin.
A number of injuries saw the fourth official award six minutes of additional time in which Wycombe’s resilient efforts to hold out for the slender lead were diminished as Leadbitter’s strike was fumbled by Allsop and the loose ball fell to Watmore to lash home.
That late goal saw tensions flare as a touchline bust up minutes later saw George Honeyman and Tyson, who had both already been substituted, see red from referee Lee Swabey and a late tackle from Bean once play had eventually resumed saw him pick up a second yellow card.
Despite being a man down, the Chairboys were able to hold on to the draw when the final whistle was finally blown 13 minutes into stoppage time.
The result sees the Blues remain 12th ahead of their midweek fixture against Accrington Stanley at Adams Park on Tuesday.
Attendance: 8,422 (2,723 Sunderland)
£1 Draw (£961.50) - 37751
£2 Draw (£223) - 29064