Nick Powell’s header secured Stoke a 1-0 win at Wycombe to dampen the return of fans at Adams Park.
The 1. 000 fans at the stadium created the atmosphere that players have missed for nearly nine months, and it was the first time they have seen the Chairboys in action in the Sky Bet Championship.
But in a close competition they were ousted by the Potters, who were within a point of the play-off places.
Wycombe took the lead after just four minutes when David Wheeler headed Jason McCarthy’s corner and the ball came back off the post.
Then it was Stoke’s turn to approach a set piece when Sam Clucas’ corner was hit by a towering header from Danny Batth, but Daryl Horgan was vigilant enough to clear the line.
The fans in attendance were then convinced the home team should have had a penalty when Alex Samuel went down under Josef Bursik’s challenge, but referee Darren Bond booked the attacker to dive instead.
The Potters took control of the proceedings, and Sam Vokes headed Morgan Fox’s cross just before the half hour.
Bursik received his first test after 39 minutes when the ball was sitting well for Horgan, but his strike from just outside the box hit the young stopper directly.
The first half ended goalless and the home team had forced their way back into the picture, but they breathed a sigh of relief at the beginning of the second half when Powell shot wide with a good placement.
Vokes’ radar was also crooked when he shot over after Jacob Brown did a good job helping Clucas get back on his way.
Wycombe posed a threat of his own again, and Horgan checked outside before attempting from a tight corner.
But Stoke’s breakthrough came on 72 minutes when James McClean’s beautiful cross was hit from the left by Powell at the back post and Wycombe center-back Josh Knight couldn’t stop him.
The Potters had almost a second, seven minutes to go, when Tyrese Campbell stormed the area before Ryan Allsop saved his fake attempt well at his near post.
The Chairboys struggled to get a big response in the remaining time as they couldn’t repeat their late exploits against Derby last Saturday, and it was the visitors who scored three hard-earned points.
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