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Report: Wycombe 2-1 Accrington Stanley

The Chairboys started life in League One with a win.

7 August 2021

Garath McCleary’s brace in the first-half ensured that Matt Butcher’s deflected goal for the away side in the second wasn’t enough to rob any points.

Both teams struggled to get a hold of the game, as the first five minutes passed with rain lashing down over Adams Park. However, it was Wycombe that made their intentions for the season clear as Garath McCleary opened the scoring in the 10th minute. 

Daryl Horgan was the provider, as his drive down the left-hand side allowed him the space and time to cut the ball back across the box. McCleary made no mistake in slotting the ball past Accrington Stanley’s number one James Trafford.

Wycombe 1-0 Accrington Stanley

It didn’t take long for the Chairboys number 12 to complete his brace as he latched on to a looped ball over the top and belted a shot from outside the 18-yard-box into the top of the net, as Trafford was again left flailing.

Wycombe 2-0 Accrington Stanley

Anthony Stewart commanded the Chairboys back line, being called upon a number of times to win aerial battles and deny any real goal scoring threats - a double block just after the 20 minute mark summed up his excellent performance.

At the other end, McCleary continued to cause problems with the half ticking on - winning a free-kick tight to the touch line, but McCarthy’s curled delivery was blocked.

New signing Sam Vokes was also slotting into the team nicely, and looked dangerous as he chested down a Joe Jacobson delivery from the right-hand side to tee up Jack Grimmer who’s shot flew wide just after the half-hour mark.

Accrington weren’t without their chances in the first-half however, and David Stockdale in his new number 13 shirt was called into action to deny a shot from close range just after the Chairboys chance.

Moments later, there were sharp intakes of breath from Wycombe fans, as set-piece maestro Jacobson whipped a free-kick onto the top netting following a nasty foul on Josh Scowen as the half drew to a close.

Half time: Wycombe 2-0 Accrington Stanley

The second half kicked off with much the same intensity from the Chairboys as the first. Despite a half-chance for the away side in the opening moments, it was again Wycombe who saw the first potential goalscoring opportunity. With some tidy footwork, Daryl Horgan was able to break and slide Jordan Obita down the left-hand side. McCleary, already with his brace secured, got hold of the through ball from Obita, but his ball across the box was blocked.

Horgan was at the finishing end of another link up, as McCleary and Vokes knocked the ball between them before unleashing the Chairboys number 17, who’s shot flew well over the bar.

A messy period after the 50 minute mark for the Accrington defence saw the Chairboys run riot in the away end. Vokes and Scowen both had opportunities to notch a third goal for Wycombe, but Accrington did just enough to ice them out.

The 60 minute mark saw Gareth Ainsworth make his first substitution of the game, as Adebayo Akinfenwa replaced new signing Sam Vokes. The big man up top had a near instant impact, bringing down the ball and forcing a save to deny his hard and low shot.

Less than 10 minutes later, Anis Mehmeti replaced Garath McCleary, providing more fresh legs going forward. The young Chairboy made excellent runs down the left-hand side, forcing Accrington to make some last-ditch tackles as the half wore on.

Jason McCarthy, who had been pelting it up and down the right wing all game, was given a reprieve as Nick Freeman made his first appearance of the new season.

Despite having the better chances of the second half, it was Accrington who were able to hit the back of the net, with a deflected shot from Matt Butcher flying past David Stockdale in the 85th minute.

The Chairboys didn’t let the goal faze them, and continued to push to net another, with Mehmeti again racing up the pitch, only to be brought down for a free-kick just outside the 18-yard-box.

Neither side was able to add to their tally before the referee blew his whistle for full-time, as Gareth Ainsworth’s side started their lives back in League One with three points on the board.

Full time: Wycombe 2-1 Accrington Stanley


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