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Report: Wednesday 2-2 Wycombe

27 November 2021

Wednesday and Wycombe shared four goals and the points from an incident-packed encounter at Hillsborough.

Indeed there was plenty to warm the hands on a freezing S6 afternoon and not least a second goal of the week for the returning Josh Windass.

The former Rangers man put the Owls in front after Mide Shodipo cancelled out Anis Mehmeti’s opener but a stunning set piece from Jordan Obita secured a fortunate draw for Wanderers, who were under the cosh for much of an enthralling contest.

Florian Kamberi almost gave Wednesday a dream start, hooking a firm volley bound for the top corner until David Stockdale leapt to claw clear.

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Kamberi was proving a nuisance patrolling the final third and his cross set for Lee Gregory at the far post was cut out in the nick of time by Anthony Stewart.

But on 22 minutes and against the run of play, Wycombe took the lead with a slice of good fortune on the counter.

Mehmeti found space in the box to pick his spot and the shot appeared to be covered by Bailey Peacock-Farrell but a thick deflection from the head of Callum Paterson diverted the ball into the opposite corner.

The breakthrough was tough on the Owls but they were undaunted and launched a series of attacks that forced Wycombe on the back foot.

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The sliding Gregory was a whisker away from converting a Jack Hunt feed before Stockdale twice kept his side in the ascendancy.

First the keeper dived low to paw out Gregory’s header and then Stockdale parried a blistering drive from Windass.

Sam Vokes blasted wide from a rare Chairboys breakaway before the Owls bagged a fully deserved equaliser right on half time.

Barry Bannan found Gregory in the danger zone and the striker showed great composure to draw Stockdale from his line and tee up Shodipo, who slammed into the Kop net.

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And just four minutes into the second half, it was the turn of the West Stand net to ripple. Shodipo turned provider this time, firing from the left to find Windass and the returning marksman drilled past Stockdale.

Kamberi brought the best out of Stockdale as the Owls looked to increase the lead, unleashing on the angle, and the hosts went on to dominate.

But Wycombe arrived in the top two for a reason and showed a real moment of quality to haul themselves level on 65 minutes.

Obita had little of the goal to aim for from an angled free kick but curled a delicious effort beyond the outstretched hand of Peacock-Farrell.

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Again it was hard on the home side as Wednesday seemed on track to extend their advantage but they regrouped to chase the winner.

Windass had a fierce hit deflected wide after Bannan threaded a pass through the eye of a needle and new recruit Nathaniel Mendez-Laing looked lively with an impressive cameo from the bench.

But despite being on the ropes throughout the closing stages, Wycombe refused to go down and posted what will likely prove of their hardest earned points of the season.

Peacock-Farrell, Hunt (Mendez-Laing 72), Brennan, Dunkley, Paterson, Bannan, Luongo, Shodipo (72), Windass (Dele-Bashiru 81), Kamberi, Gregory


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