After a spirited performance at Dean Court, ten-man Wycombe narrowly lost to top of the table Bournemouth under the floodlights.
The opening half featured a methodical Wycombe performance that denied all of Bournemouth's attempts on goal, which allowed the Chairboys to go into half-time level.
Wycombe were the better of the two sides after the restart with Garath McCleary forcing a great save out of Asmir Begović early on. However, following Alex Pattison's sending off for a late challenge on Lewis Cook, the game turned on its head.
The home side was finally able to break Wycombe down as Junior Stanislas scored four minutes later. The Chairboys fought to the end and were inspired by the introduction of Uche Ikpeazu and Daryl Horgan, but after a courageous performance, Wycombe couldn't find a late equaliser.
Gareth Ainsworth’s team news revealed a few changes, bringing players like Bayo Akinfenwa, Garath McCleary and Scott Kashket back into the starting side. Uche Ikpeazu also made the bench after a spell out due to injury.
In the first league meeting between the sides since January 2012, the opening chance of the game fell to Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke who tested Ryan Allsop with a header from close range, but, the former Cherries goalkeeper was able to deny the striker.
Bournemouth dominated the play throughout the opening stages, with chances falling to Philip Billing and David Brooks, but Allsop was equal to their shots.
The Chairboys refused to make it easy for the home side though and created a few chances for themselves courtesy of Garath McCleary who tried to pick out Scott Kashket. However, a Bournemouth player was there to intercept before the striker could get to the ball.
As the half went on, the home side looked a more frustrated outfit with Wycombe producing a diligent display.
Bournemouth’s best chance of the half was cleared off the line smartly by Jason McCarthy who was able to anticipate Junior Stanislas’ strike. David Brooks picked out the winger with a delightful ball, but Stanislas’ slow approach to the goal allowed Wycombe to regroup.
Wycombe midfielder Dominic Gape went down with an injury just before the half-time whistle and was replaced by Nick Freeman.
Although the former Premier League side controlled the ball for the majority of the first half, Wycombe went into the break very content with themselves after putting in a disciplined performance.
Following the restart, Wycombe went out fighting and nearly broke the deadlock. Jack Grimmer put in a great ball towards Bayo Akinfenwa’s head, but the striker was unable to turn it towards goal.
Proceeding that chance, Wycombe had their best spell of attacking play as Josh Knight pushed forward to combine with McCleary. Nick Freeman hit a shot from the edge of the box and forced a good save out of Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begović.
McCleary had been causing Bournemouth problems all game and this time brought out a good stop from the Bournemouth keeper himself, as the winger, on the turn managed to get a powerful shot away.
In a game-defining moment, Alex Pattison was sent-off for a late challenge on Lewis Cook. It took only four minutes after the incident for Bournemouth to break down Wycombe and score through Stanislas, who had a tap-in after Brooks delivered a ball from the by-line.
Bournemouth then had a period of play similar to the opening stages of the first half where they dominated the ball, creating chances for substitute Sam Surridge, but, Allsop was able to keep the score to one.
With ten minutes to go, Wycombe pressed higher up the pitch and with the reintroduction of Uche Ikpeazu off the bench, for his first appearance since October, the game was still in the balance.
Wycombe's last chance came in the form of a Joe Jacobson free-kick into added time. The first ball-in came out to Horgan who tried to deliver for a second time, but Begović was able to pluck the ball out of the air.
The Wanderers will be inspired after the performance against Bournemouth and will look ahead to QPR on Saturday at Adams Park.