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Report: Wycombe 1-0 Blackburn

A great Friday as the Chairboys secure a vital victory.

2 April 2021

Fred Onyedinma's second-half header from Joe Jacobson's clinched all three points for the Blues against Blackburn Rovers at Adams Park.

Fresh after the international break, Wycombe sought to keep their survival bid alive on a sunny Good Friday afternoon against Blackburn.

The hosts started brightly - an early corner and some good exchanges in the basking sun set the tone for the early stages. The only blot on an otherwise positive opening 20 minutes was an injury to central midfielder Dominic Gape, who was carried off on a stretcher after an innocuous coming together in the middle of the park. Denis Adeniran entered the fray to join Thompson in the holding midfield role.

The injury seemed to cause the momentum swing in favor of the visitors, Holtby stinging the palms of Stockdale with a low, rasping shot on the half hour mark before Trybull fired a free header over the bar from a dangerous corner.

The first 45 minutes fizzled out into a fairly uninspiring conclusion, Blackburn seeing more of the ball but the Chairboys restricting them to limited half-chances. Interestingly, Wycombe lined up with three at the back for the first time this season, the international break having given the gaffer and the squad the chance to tweak things tactically before the final run in. Although not a thrilling first half, the hosts seemed defensively sound and confident that with a bit more creativity up top we could get something from the game.

Just minutes into the second half, Wycombe found that magic spark to grab the first goal of the game. A lovely exchange between McCarthy and Muskwe eventually found Memheti in the box who earn a corner. From the resulting delivery, Fred Onyedinma lost his man to power home a bullet header, giving the Chairboys a 1-0 lead.

The goal initially gave Wycombe a new-found rhythm, although it didn’t take long for Blackburn to resume their possession-based approach as they searched for an equalizing goal.

In a rare Wycombe attack, Admiral Muskwe went to ground in the Blackburn penalty box, although the referee saw nothing in it. Blackburn continued to knock the ball about in the middle of the park and with full time approaching, upped the tempo in the final 10 minutes to try and turn the tide in their favour.

With the game reaching a nervy climax, Blackburn twice caused a ‘heart in mouth’ moment. First of all, a dangerous Blackburn cross went flying across the six-yard box, before Rothwell showed some nice footwork to get a shot away which was bravely blocked by a blue shirt. The Chairboys defence stood firm despite the late Blackburn surge, and all eyes were on the referee to blow the final whistle.

It finally came. Full time and Wycombe managed to secure a vital 1-0 win. A dogged performance and promising signs of a new shape for the final few games, the boys secured three vital points in their bid to ensure Championship survival.

After the agony of no Championship football during the international break, we’re back in action on Monday against Rotherham.

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