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Report: Wycombe 2-1 Crewe Alexandra

A late goal from Ryan Tafazolli saw Wycombe run out winners

23 October 2021

Despite a late goal from the visitors, Tafazolli managed to prod home a last-gasp winner for Wycombe.

Gareth Ainsworth named an unchanged line-up from the win against Gillingham a fortnight ago. The only changes came to the bench, as Daryl Horgan and Sullay Kaikai returned from international duty.

Despite dominating the first ten minutes, it was Crewe who had the first real opportunity of the match. Chris Long pounced on a long ball and beat Anthony Stewart for strength, before firing a low effort which Chairboys ‘keeper David Stockdale could parry out for a corner.

Stockdale brought out the heroics to deny Rio Adebisi, who’s excellent volley was met at full stretch by the superb Stockdale to send it out for a corner.

In first half added time, the breakthrough finally came for Wycombe. A free-kick was cleared away only as far as Curtis Thompson, who fired in a lethal shot which deflected off Ryan Tafazolli and rolled past a helpless Jaaskelainen.

Half-time: Wycombe 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Just after the hour mark, home fans were in disbelief. Sam Vokes, Thompson and Hanlan all firing in shots but, by some minor miracle, a combination of the post, Jaaskelainen and the Crewe defence kept Wycombe’s lead to one.

Stockdale had to make yet another stunning save. This time, a cross from Madger Gomes looked to be drifting under the crossbar, but Stockdale was at his brilliant best to tip it over.

With just over ten minutes to play, Crewe managed to find the equaliser. Tom Lowery, off the bench, managed to break free on the wing before firing in a low shot which was parried by Stockdale straight back to Lowery, who couldn’t miss from close range.

A late flurry of set-pieces for Wycombe eventually ended with a goal. An in-swinging cross was met by the flying boot of Tafazolli, and the stadium erupted. A well-deserved win for Wycombe, meaning that the 100% home record continues.

Full-time: Wycombe 2-1 Crewe Alexandra


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