Southampton loanee Jason McCarthy played a key role in helping his Wycombe Wanderers side climb into the top seven of the League Two table after they earned a hard-fought point against fellow promotion candidates Accrington Stanley.
The Chairboys went a goal down at the Wham Stadium when Shay McCartan gave Accrington the lead on the stroke of half time.
Wycombe then got back into the game in the 62nd minute when Garry Thompson fired into the bottom corner from 12 yards to help earn McCarthy and his teammates a well-deserved draw in the race to reach the play-off places.
The Chairboys deserved the point and to come from behind against a rival will give them a great lift ahead of the final ten matches of the league season before possibly taking part in the end of season play-offs.
McCarthy played at right-back on Wednesday evening and made a crucial intervention ten minutes after the interval which helped to keep the deficit to just one goal. The 20-year-old did brilliantly to clear Piero Mingoia’s low delivery across the six-yard box before Billy Kee could tap in at the far post which would have taken the lead to two.
The youngster has shown this season that he has the ability to play in a number of different positions, including central defence and holding midfield, whilst also having filled-in as goalkeeper during an injury crisis.
The clearance proved to be a vital moment in the match, and was followed soon after by the equaliser for Gareth Ainsworth’s side in the 62nd minute, when Gozie Ugwu’s deflected shot from distance spun into the path of Thompson, who struck the ball low into the bottom corner.
Wycombe's next opponents are Carlisle who currently sit in tenth place in the division, four points adrift of Wanderers, who look like likely candidates to make the play-offs this season. Ainsworhth's men have taken four points from their last two matches which has really got them back in the race after they had endured a tough run.
Wanderers are only narrowly ahead of eighth-placed Leyton Orient on goal difference with both teams currently on 56 points from 36 matches. The pair will not meet before the end of the season so it could be a close one to keep an eye on in the final months of the season.