Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Home Game Wycombe beat Fleetwood to book play-off final spot

Wycombe beat Fleetwood to book play-off final spot

Wycombe booked their place in the League One play-off final with a 6-3 aggregate victory over Fleetwood, following a 2-2 draw in the semi-final second leg at Adams Park.

Danny Andrew marked his return to the starting line-up by reducing the aggregate deficit (22), but a mistake from Harry Souttar allowed Fred Onyedinma to slide past Town goalkeeper Alex Cairns and level the tie on the night (47).

Repeating his exploits from the first leg, Ched Evans calmly dispatched a penalty after a foul from Joe Jacobson on Barrie McKay (60) but Onyedinma sealed the victory in style late on (90+4) putting a comeback out of reach.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men will now face Oxford in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Monday July 13, where the two teams will face off for a place in the Sky Bet Championship.

How Wycombe booked their place at Wembley

Despite seeing his side suffer a heavy defeat on their own patch in the first leg, there was no sense of resignation from Fleetwood boss Joey Barton and his determination was reflected in his team, who stamped their intentions on the game midway through the first half.

McKay kept a hopeful cross alive and forced Anthony Stewart to head away, yet his clearance fell perfectly into the path of Andrew, who rifled a daisy cutter beyond Chairboys stopper Ryan Allsop and into the bottom-left corner.

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Fred Onyedinma scored two second half goals for the Chairboys at Adams Park

The Chairboys continued on the back foot, but having reached the play-offs with the lowest average possession of any side in League One this season (41 per cent), this was nothing new. They were, however, slightly fortunate when McKay’s shot appeared to hit Stewart’s arm shortly afterwards.

Seconds after the break, Wycombe were handed a gift. Australian international Souttar looked to have dealt with the threat of Onyedinma after a surging run down the left flank, but as he turned to clear, he passed the ball into the path of the former Millwall forward, who reacted rapidly to tap home.

A cool spot-kick from Evans maintained the belief in the visitors, but the impressive Onyedinma had the final say in stoppage time, when he slipped past two Fleetwood defenders on his way to bending a low effort into the back of the net.

What’s next?

Wycombe will face Oxford in the Sky Bet League One play-off final on Monday, July 13.

Watch the game live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm on Monday: Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

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