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Report: Wycombe 2-2 AFC Wimbledon

Added time drama sees honours end even at Adams Park.

11 December 2021

Wycombe secured a thoroughly deserved point as Adebayo Akinfenwa and Joe Jacobson netted against a stubborn Wimbledon.

Gareth Ainsworth made one change from the squad that secured his side’s victory over Burton midweek - Ryan Tafazolli recovering from illness returned to starting-eleven and Iraqi sensation Ali Al-Hamadi claimed his first place on the Chairboys bench.

Only four minutes passed before the deadlock was broken, Wimbledon opening the scoring through Rudoni who was able to convert Palmer’s cut back across the Wycombe box.

Wanderers responded well to the opener; Brandon Hanlan alert to latch onto a loose back pass before his one-on-one was well saved by Dons keeper Nik Tzanev.

Wycombe kept up the pressure going into the 14th minute when Jason McCarthy struck a half volley over the bar and into the travelling Wimbledon fans.

Sam Vokes was inches away from finding the equaliser for the Blues in the 19th minute, flicking a header  millimetres wide of the far post from one of Jacobson’s famous inswinging corners.

Ainsworth’s men were left bemused as to how the scores weren’t level after silky dribbling from Mehmeti worked a shooting opportunity - his effort rebounding to Vokes who fired wide from close range.

David Stockdale provided one of the saves of the season midway through the first half, stopping Paul Osew’s thunderbolt that seemed to be cannoning towards the top corner, in typical spectacular Stockdale fashion.

Wycombe’s number 13 was in fine form to provide a double save just before the break, denying Rudoni's two fierce efforts.

Half time: Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

Wimbledon flew out of the traps for the second half with another spectacular effort from range, this time Palmer fancying his chances only for his effort to narrowly go over the bar.

Jacobson’s deliveries were at the forefront of Wycombe’s chances early after the break. The Welsh Wizard provided three impeccable corners in front of the terrace; One saved by Tzanev, one scrambled clear and the final delivery headed narrowly over by Vokes.

Despite Wycombe’s relentless pressure, Wimbledon fashioned a counter attack in the 53rd minute that saw Rudoni once again involved; Wanderers' supporters this time relieved to see his effort deflect onto the post.

The Wombles once again hit the woodwork shortly afterwards. McCormick struck the base of the post before the Blues could eventually clear their lines after the resulting corner.

Gareth Ainsworth turned the tides in Wycombe’s favour by introducing former Wimbledon hero Adebayo Akinfenwa alongside Daryl Horgan. Akinfenwa soon seeing a header fly just wide seconds after he entered the fray.

It was Wycombe’s resident beast who would eventually find the breakthrough the home side needed. Akinfenwa spotted the Wimbledon keeper off his line and lofted a ball over the scrambling Tzanev with absolute audacity.

Super-sub Akinfenwa was so close to giving the Chairboys the lead their pressure warranted as he blasted Obita’s cross onto the post - Adams Park nearly erupting in the 80th minute.

Jacobson was forced to make one of the clearances of the season as the clock neared the 90, somehow clawing away a deflected cross with a bicycle kick to the amazement and disappointment of the Dons fans behind the goal.

Wimbledon’s late pressure paid off in stoppage time, Wycombe were unable to clear their lines and Rudoni was just minutes away from condemning the Chairboys to defeat as he headed into the bottom right corner.

However, a late twist to the tale was still to occur in the depths of added time. Sullay Kaikai came off the bench to earn a penalty right at the death as he was hauled down by Paul Osew when through on goal.

Joe Jacobson was the coolest man in the building to put Wycombe’s recent penalty woes to bed. The full back waved his wand of a left foot as he sent Tzanev the wrong way in what was to be almost the final kick of the game, assuring Wanderers snatched a point in HP12 after end-to-end added time drama.

Full time: Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 AFC Wimbledon

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