Wycombe Wanderers supporters were finally able to see their team play in the championship as a 1. A 000-strong socially distant crowd watched their loss to Stoke City.
The hosts gave their fans almost the perfect start when Stoke’s Nick Powell shot a corner at his own post after four minutes
Stoke had the most chances and eventually took the lead from Powell, who found himself unmarked at the far post to steer James McClean’s cross home from the left.
Tyrese Campbell saved Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop well 10 minutes later, while Anthony Stewart shot from eight yards in added time for the hosts.
The win keeps Stoke in eighth place in the championship, one point behind the play-off spots, while Wycombe remains in third place and three points ahead of Safety.
The Chairboys, who defeated Oxford United in the League One play-off final in July to win promotion to the second division for the first time in club history, were one of six EFL clubs that fans after The Covid-19 lockdown in England ended on Tuesday evening.
But while Wycombe hit the post, it was Stoke who scored more chances in the first half than Daryl Horgan’s Jacob Brown’s header in 12. Minute cleared off the line while Sam Vokes crossed the line twice.
Horgan shot past after scoring a good opening in the box with 25 minutes remaining when Wycombe drew a gap for the ninth time in 15 games in the second division while Powell was on the other end almost at the end of a McClean cross short before his goal.
« I’m really proud of the boys, we have Wycombe’s identity back, I think the fans helped with that and if we keep playing like this there won’t be any worries that this lot will be watching championship football next. « Year too.
« We made progress tonight, I know it sounds ridiculous, but I just told the guys that two months ago we were sitting in a dressing room at Blackburn Rovers worried about how we would compete, like We wanted to do it and are we good enough for this league?
« Tonight we proved that we can compete with teams, we can compete with a great physical outfit like Stoke, we bring that to the teams in this league and I’m sure we will do well. « . «
On the return of fans to Adams Park: « I will do nothing less than my best for this club and they understand that.
« They are championship fans, they deserve to be called championship fans and I was really proud to walk around the field before the game. «
« We knew we were going to have a tough game tonight. You have to deal with a promoted team that is playing to stay in the division from the first game on and not worry about it. You have to adjust their attitude. « the game and their appetite for the game.
« I thought we did very well and in the first half we showed some real moments of quality, came down the sides and possibly could have been better with a bunch of balls we put in the box can cut off. « .
« In the second half I thought we always looked like we were a pass or a moment away from creating a clear chance, which we did and Nick is taking the goal well. It’s a well-crafted goal and I felt we deserved to win the game that night. «
Missed attempt. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the center of the box is up and far left after a corner.
Missed attempt. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the center of the box misses the goal on the right. Assisted by Daryl Horgan following a corner.
attempt saved. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the lower left corner.
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