Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Chairboys earn their first win of the season
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Wycombe Wanderers were hoping to build on their first ever point as a Championship side which they picked up against Watford in midweek, although they were disappointed not to get their first victory at this level over The Hornets. They were without manager Gareth Ainsworth who had back surgery yesterday. Richard Dobson led the team in his place.

Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile, needed to get back on track, still sat on -4 after abject performances which saw them defeated by Luton Town and Rotherham United, the latter 3-1 which recorded their greatest win over The Owls.

  • Story of the game

The first opening of the game came just after 10 minutes, Barry Bannan slipped in Callum Paterson with a great through ball which carved open The Chairboys defence. However, Paterson could only fire his effort wide on the angle. Shortly after, Wednesday produced a great chance after good work from Jack Marriott and Adam Reach, the latter fizzed an enticing cross across the face of goal but neither Josh Windass or Paterson could connect.

Adebayo Akinfenwa then went close when he flicked on a Jack Grimmer throw which rippled the side netting. 'The Beast' was nearly on hand just shy of the hour mark when Bannan gave the ball away cheaply but fellow midfielder Joey Pelupessy nipped before Akinfenwa in to clear for a corner.

Paterson was involved again when he nearly latched onto the end of a fantastic Adam Reach delivery from deep. Bannan set the move in motion with a raking cross-field ball and Paterson was closing in before Joe Jacobson interrupted and headed behind.

In the 42nd minute Paterson brought Ryan Allsop into action for the first time when he let fly from just outside the 18-yard-box after good build up play from Reach and Windass.

Just shy of the break Joe Wildsmith, who was brought back into the side due to the poor form of Cameron Dawson pulled off a great save to deny Daryl Horgan. From the following corner the hosts took the lead. Jacobson whipped in his corner to the near post and David Wheeler was on hand to glance his header over Wildsmith and inside the far post. 

Wednesday started the second half brighter but Wildsmith was soon back in action on the hour mark to deny a fierce Scott Kashket strike from Akinfenwa's knock down.

The remainder of the game was made scrappy by Wycombe in desperation to pick up their first Championship win and clean sheet. The Owls threw everything forward but failed to test Allsop throughout until injury time.

At the death Allsop did well to parry away from a rasping Paterson strike as the visitors became desperate for a goal but it was to be Wycombe's day. 

  • Takeaways from the game

Wycombe dig in for first Championship victory:

The game plan was perfectly executed by Gareth Ainsworth's men. They showed they can compete in this division in midweek and they backed that up even further with this performance against Sheffield Wednesday. Their winner came slightly against the run of play but after that they dug in defensively and limited Wednesday's chances to a bare minimum. They deserved the three points for the heart and desire they displayed which outdid that of Monk's side 10-fold. Results like that are what will keep The Chairboys in this division.

Time ticking for Garry Monk:

Losses to Luton Town at Hillsborough followed by Rotherham United and Wycombe would pile pressure on any managerial job, but when a club is in the situation that Sheffield Wednesday are in that will be magnified. The jury was out on Monk last season, he was without his backroom staff and hadn't had the opportunity to bring in his own players. However, now he has done and and very little has altered, the results are deteriorating, the performances are becoming more and more abject. Something has to change at Hillsborough.

  • Man Of The Match: Ryan Allsop

While the defensive structure in front of the Wycombe stopper limited the number of saves he was forced into, when called upon Allsop was on hand. Two saves from Callum Paterson to keep the scoreline level stood out but his performance was assured all round. He claimed all that Wednesday had to throw at him from out wide and marshalled the rigid backline throughout to earn a crucial three points in their quest for a second season in The Championship.

  • Team Line-ups

WWFC: Allsop; Grimmer, Stewart, Knight, Jacobson; Thompson, Adeniran (Bloomfield 55'); Wheeler (Onyedinma 71'), Horgan, Kashket; Akinfenwa (Ikpeazu 72')

SWFC: Wildsmith; Palmer, Iorfa, Borner; Harris (Brown 60'), Pelupessy (Kachunga 66'), Bannan, Reach; Marriott (Rhodes 76'), Windass, Paterson