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Report: Sheff Wed 2-2 Wycombe

Mehmeti and Obita on target.

27 November 2021

Anis Mehmeti and Jordan Obita were on target as Wanderers came away from Hillsborough with a point after a hard-fought battle with Sheffield Wednesday.

Wycombe opened the scoring when Mehmeti's shot found the net via a deflection off Callum Paterson, but the hosts hit back through Mide Shodipo and Josh Windass either side of the break.

However, Obita rescued a point with a sumptuous free-kick as the visitors dug in to preserve their point late on.

Gareth Ainsworth made one change from the side that started in the 3-0 win at Plymouth in midweek, as Garath McCleary came into the XI at the expense of Joe Jacobson. Olly Pendlebury picked up a knock late on and was replaced on the bench by Chris Forino.

The Hillsborough pitch had passed a pitch inspection by referee Darren Drysdale 90 minutes before kick-off and bore no signs of ill effects of the recent weather, other than a dusting of snow in some areas.

It was a settled start to the game, with Wycombe having more of the ball early on to subdue the home crowd, but they came to life on six minutes when Olamide Shodipo got away down the left and delivered a dangerous cross which was tipped away by David Stockdale, who then had to react quickly to parry Florian Kamberi's hooked effort to safety.

Jordan Obita came close at the other end, curling a corner on target after good play by McCleary to win the set-piece, but Bailey Peacock-Farrell flung himself in the air and got a fingertip to it to keep the ball out.

Back came the Owls, creating a decent opening through Josh Windass's neatly weighted pass into the box for Kamberi, who was denied at the near post by Stockdale's outstretched boot.

But it was Wycombe who struck first, breaking the deadlock after Jason McCarthy's shot was blocked, but the chance stayed alive long enough for Garath McCleary to dart into the box and tee up Anis Mehmeti, whose shot diverted off Callum Paterson's head and into the net.

It opened up a frantic period of play, with Wednesday under threat on a couple of occasions due to Mehmeti's footwork around the box, and Curtis Thompson had a shot blocked from 20 yards.

But they rallied and created chances of their own, requiring the Wycombe rearguard to stand firm, before the game was temporarily suspended due to an incident in the home end.

The players retreated to their changing rooms on the half-hour mark, and returned 10 minutes later with play resuming, but it was Wednesday who came out fastest, being denied an equaliser when Stockdale somehow clawed away Lee Gregory's bullet header, Barry Bannan's effort from 20 yards was blocked, and Hunt's teasing cross lacked a vital connection.

Sam Vokes fired wide from a decent opportunity at the other end, but the hosts continued to up the tempo, seeing Josh Windass denied by Stockdale and Massimo Luongo's penalty appeals were waved away.

Openings kept coming for Wednesday, and they got the equaliser they pressure warranted when Olamide Shodipo blasted home as the half drew towards a close. Jack Hunt's long throw found Gregory in space and he unselfishly squared to his unmarked team-mate, who made no mistake.

The half-time whistle probably came as a relief to Wycombe who'd found themselves under siege in the closing stages, but they fell behind within five minutes of the second period.

Barry Bannan's short free-kick down the left wasn't closed down quickly enough and Shodipo was able to deliver a cross which was only cleared to the edge of the area, where Josh Windass was waiting to slam it home first-time with a powerful low strike.

Florian Kamberi saw a shot saved from a tight angle, and Windass drilled wide from distance as the Owls looked to turn the screw, with Wycombe struggling to get a foothold in a game that they once led.

But the equaliser came in true style, if a little against the run of play. When Wanderers won a free-kick on the corner of the box, left-footer Jordan Obita was the only candidate to take it, and he showed why, unleashing a superb effort into the top corner.

The Blues brought on Daryl Horgan for Anis Mehmeti soon after, with the game now finely balanced, and the Owls made two switches, introducing Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Theo Corbeanu for Hunt and Shodipo.

Still Wednesday pressed, and Wycombe needed to stand firm during a series of pacy attacks and set-pieces, introducing Adebayo Akinfenwa to the frontline as Sam Vokes made way with 13 minutes remaining.

The Owls then swapped Windass for Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, and went close when Chey Dunkley looped a chance onto the bar when Bannan's free-kick was headed half-clear.

Sullay Kaikai came on for Garath McCleary with three minutes of normal time remaining, and Stockdale was called upon again to hold Corbeanu's dangerous low effort.

Wednesday blasted over in stoppage time after the ball pinged awkwardly around the area, but that was that as Wycombe made it seven points in a week leading into a 10-day break.

 


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