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OPPONENTS: FLEETWOOD TOWN (H)

DATE: Monday 6 th July 2020

COMPETITION: League One Playoff Semi-final, Second Leg.

SCORE: Blues 2 (Onyedinma 47, 90+4) Town 2 (Andrew 22, Evans 60 pen)

REFEREE: Darren Bond

SUMMARY: We booked our place at Wembley, but were made to work for it by a Town

side who, to their credit, came to Adams Park and gave it a good go, attacking from the

off and taking a deserved lead via Andrews’ fine strike. They probably should’ve had a

penalty when Barrie McKay’s shot struck Stewart’s arm, but just after the break they

gifted us yet another goal, when Harry Souttar inexplicably kept the ball alive in his own

area to set up Fred. Fleetwood regained the lead with a spotkick that looked far less of a

penalty than the one they didn’t get, but they never got to grips with the trickery and

pace of Onyedinma and as the seconds ticked down, he wriggled through their defence

and curled a delightful shot into the bottom corner to cap a superb individual display.

BEST BIT: The final whistle.

WORST BIT: Being made to feel oddly uncomfortable despite our first leg advantage,

thanks to a spirited performance from the visitors.

HERO: Fred, for an excellent, two-goal performance.

VILLAIN: The Fleetwood official who made degrading, racist comments about Bayo.

MEMORABILITY RATING: 9/10

OPPONENTS: OXFORD UNITED (Wembley Stadium)

DATE: Monday 13 th July 2020

COMPETITION: League One Playoff Final

SCORE: Blues 2 (Stewart 9, Jacobson 79 pen) Plucky Non-Leaguers 1 (Sykes 57)

REFEREE: Robert Jones

SUMMARY: Everyone knows what they’re going to get with Wycombe - it’s just a shame

no-one knows how to deal with it. A lot was made about the two contrasting styles

going into the game; Oxford 1 st in League One for possession, passes and sequences –

Wycombe bottom. But there was another key difference that wasn’t discussed in the

pre-match waffle; Heart. We have it in abundance and it showed. Man for man, Oxford

had a better side than us, with technically better players, but we had eleven men who’ll

always top the table for desire, work-rate, determination and togetherness. We ran and

ran from the first whistle to the last, we didn’t let our heads drop when they equalised

and we defended like lions when they threatened to add a second. The difference was

typified in the build-up to the winner. Marcus Browne turned his back on a long ball that

he probably would have got to if he’d bothered to chase it, Allsop sent it long and Elliot

Moore ducked out of the header, allowing Fred to steal in and be clattered by the

onrushing Simon Eastwood. JJ down the middle – Wycombe is in the Championship.

BEST BIT: Stewart’s performance, JJ’s penalty, Allsop’s save, the final whistle, Blooms

lifting the trophy, Bayo’s interview, Wycombe getting promoted to the Championship.

WORST BIT: Not being there to witness it in person.

HERO: Every single person associated with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.

VILLAIN: No villains today – we love everybody.

MEMORABILITY RATING: 1,000,000/10

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