Wycombe succumbed to a second group stage defeat in the Leasing.com Trophy, going down 2-1 at home to Fulham under-21s to condemn the Blues to a guaranteed exit from the competition with one game still to play.
Jayden Harris and Timmy Abraham netted either side of Rolando Aarons' close-range strike, but there's now nothing but the £10,000 prize money at stake next Tuesday as Wanderers head to group winners MK Dons.
It was Fulham who had the game’s first chance, as Matt O’Riley latched on to a neat through-ball and unleashed a low drive which was well parried to safety by Cameron Yates.
The lively Alex Samuel – returning to the side after a two-month absence due to injury – could have had a penalty when he went down under a challenge inside the box, before his left-footed strike was superbly tipped behind by Magnus Norman.
The striker had two more sights of goal with a header at Norman and and a deflected shot, before Timmy Abraham almost doubled the score from close range before Yates grabbed a loose ball.
Yates pushed Sylvester Jasper’s shot away from danger before Scott Kashket’s attempt from a tight angle was kept out by Norman, and Sonny Hilton placed a chance in the side netting after being freed down the right.
Rolando Aarons replaced Scott Kashket at the interval, and Alex Pattison sent a dipping volley just over the bar from the edge of the box with three minutes of the second half played.
And then came the equaliser, courtesy of half-time arrival Aarons, who netted his second goal in four days by collecting Pattison’s pass on the edge of the box and beating the keeper despite the best efforts of Cody Drameh on the line.
Wanderers then thought they’d taken the lead when Josh Parker turned home a low cross from the right, but after some consultation between the officials, they determined it’d taken a deflection off Samuel en route, therefore rending Parker offside as he converted six yards out.
Former Fulham youngster Jack Grimmer came on for Alex Samuel on 65 minutes, allowing Gardiner-Smith to push on into midfield, but with the tempo draining away from the game, Fulham regained the lead on 83 minutes when Timmy Abraham lashed home from Nicolas Santos Clase’s cutback.
There was no further action as Wycombe now turn their attentions to Saturday's visit to Tranmere in the FA Cup.
Attendance: 512 (including 39 away fans)