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"That is so Wycombe": 10 recent classics at Adams Park

Last-minute drama in HP12 is nothing new to Wanderers fans.

4 October 2021

We delve into 10 classic encounters in the past four years which have involved decisive last-minute goals from Chairboys.

1. Crewe (H), 26/09/17
After a crushing defeat at home to Luton 10 days earlier, Wycombe needed to get back to winning ways at Adams Park and looked to be succumbing to defeat to Crewe when trailing 2-1 with 89 minutes on the clock. Michael Harriman smashed home a leveller and then Eberechi Eze teed up Nathan Tyson to sprint into the box and unleash an incredible effort into the top corner to complete the turnaround in front of the terrace in stoppage time.

2. Carlisle (H), 03/02/18
"I was there when Beany scored." Wanderers were cruising at 2-0 at half-time but Luke O'Nien's handball on the line gave the Cumbrians a way back into the game and they took full advantage of the 10-man Chairboys, who also saw Joe Jacobson's penalty saved. Paris Cowan-Hall's diving header made it 3-3 as the clock struck 90 and then deep into stoppage time, Matt Bloomfield's free-kick was cleared as far as Marcus Bean, who volleyed home his first ever Wycombe goal in style to spark unforgettable scenes around Adams Park.

3. Swindon (H), 13/02/18
Often overshadowed by the Carlisle game, this five-goal thriller with Swindon also featured a last-gasp winner, and one of the best goals ever seen at Adams Park. Wycombe overturned an early deficit to go 2-1 up, but Matt Taylor's incredible free-kick from 40 yards seemed to be sending the game towards a draw. Up popped Adebayo Akinfenwa in front of the terrace to secure a sixth win in seven games for Gareth Ainsworth's men.

4. Scunthorpe (H), 20/10/18
Wycombe were struggling to find their feet in League 1 and trailed 2-0 to Scunthorpe after just seven minutes at Adams Park. Dominic Gape pulled one back with a cool finish before the break, and Fred Onyedinma found the top corner to make it 2-2. However, Wanderers loss Ryan Allsop to a red card and looked to be holding on for a point when Craig Mackail-Smith dispossessed a defender on halfway and raced through to slot home a dramatic winner in stoppage time.

5. Doncaster (H), 12/01/19
After four successive defeats over Christmas, Wycombe looked dead and buried when losing 2-0 at home to Doncaster with just 15 minutes remaining. Paris Cowan-Hall pulled one back and Curtis Thompson then leathered home his first ever goal for the Blues on 90 minutes. There was still time for a winner, and Cowan-Hall popped up in on 90+4 to send Adams Park into a frenzy.

6. MK Dons (H), 17/08/19
Wanderers led twice against their north county opponents thanks to Joe Jacobson's penalty and Fred Onyedinma's breakaway goals, but MK struck back twice, scoring and missing penalties of their own. The stage was set for David Wheeler to score his first Wycombe goal against his former club, collecting Nick Freeman's excellent assist and converting in front of the terrace.

7. Southend (H), 24/08/19
Just a week on from the drama with MK, Wycombe were at it again, enjoying more last-gasp excitement against Southend. The visitors went 2-0 up before giving Wanderers hope with a calamitous own goal, but made it 3-1 shortly after half-time. Scott Kashket pulled one back but it looked like being insufficent until Anthony Stewart equalised on 89 minutes, and Kashket met Nick Freeman's pass to tuck home the winner in stoppage time.

8. Peterborough (H), 05/10/19
Wycombe's unbeaten home record was under threat when Peterborough opened up a two-goal lead at Adams Park, but Adebayo Akinfenwa pulled one back and a glorious flowing move resulted in an own goal to make it 2-2. Ivan Toney restored Posh's lead, but Akinfenwa converted a last-minute penalty before Ryan Allsop and his defensive colleagues produced heroics in a goalmouth scramble to preserve an all-important point in a 3-3 draw.

9. Bristol City (H), 21/04/21
Wycombe were in must-win territory in the battle for survival in the Championship and trailed to Bristol City at half-time, only for Uche Ikpeazu to head home bravely to make it 1-1. The kitchen sink was thrown at the Robins' goal in stoppage time and keeper David Stockdale - forward for a corner - won a penalty with a goalbound effort which was denied by a handball, setting the stage for Adebayo Akinfenwa to stroke home his first and last Championship goal in the dying seconds.

10. Morecambe (H), 02/10/21
The Shrimps made a mockery of Wycombe's perfect home start to the season, leading 2-0 at half-time, but goals from Daryl Horgan, Sam Vokes and Ryan Tafazolli tipped the game on its head. The Shrimps looked to have salvaged a point with their third goal of the match, but Curtis Thompson lashed home from the edge of the box deep into stoppage time to clinch the points in style.


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