Preston fought back from behind to claim a thrilling victory at Wycombe.

Neil Mellor put Preston ahead with a close-range finish and then set up Iain Hume, who drilled home a second.

Wycombe came back as Gareth Ainsworth's tap-in made it 2-1 and Scott Donnelly's penalty, following Conor McLaughlin's foul on Kadeem Harris, levelled it.

Stuart Beavon headed in Donnelly's corner to put Wycombe in front but Hume equalised with a composed finish before Mellor steered in a dramatic winner.

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Wycombe manager Gary Waddock told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I'm very pleased and proud of the performance, but frustrated that we've not got anything from the game.

"In many ways we made our own downfall, we needed to defend better, especially when we had the ball in their half of the pitch or when they catch us on the counter attack.

"We've had a few chances to put the game further away from Preston, didn't take them and got punished."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Wycombe Wanderers

  • 01 Bull
  • 02 Foster
  • 03 Sandell
  • 06 Johnson Booked
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 04 Rowlands Booked (Benyon - 85' )
  • 07 Ainsworth (Strevens - 69' )
  • 18 Lewis
  • 30 Harris
  • 20 Beavon
  • 22 Donnelly

Substitutes

  • 19 McCoy
  • 08 Harding
  • 17 Grant
  • 12 Strevens
  • 23 Benyon

Preston North End

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 03 McLaughlin
  • 05 Carlisle
  • 12 McLean
  • 14 Smith
  • 07 Hume (Ashbee - 81' Booked )
  • 08 Coutts Booked
  • 10 Nicholson
  • 22 Alexander Booked
  • 09 Proctor Booked (Mayor - 88' )
  • 33 Mellor

Substitutes

  • 31 Comrie
  • 02 Gray
  • 04 Ashbee
  • 16 Mayor
  • 11 Tsoumou
Ref: Naylor
Att: 3,734

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

8 6

Corners

10 6

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +0:40

Free kick taken by James Tunnicliffe.

90:00 +0:40 Booking

Booking Ian Ashbee booked.

90:00 +0:36

Ian Ashbee concedes a free kick for a foul on Kadeem Harris.

87:44 Substitution

Substitution Danny Mayor is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Proctor.

87:11

Scott Donnelly takes the outswinging corner, Paul Coutts makes a clearance.

86:32

Corner taken right-footed by Scott Donnelly, Ben Strevens takes a shot. Save by Andreas Arestidou.

84:56

Scott Donnelly restarts play with the free kick.

84:56 Booking

Booking Jamie Proctor goes into the book.

84:41

Jamie Proctor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon.

84:05 Substitution

Substitution Elliot Benyon is brought on as a substitute for Martin Rowlands.

82:00

Stuart Lewis fouled by Paul Coutts, the ref awards a free kick.

81:47

Direct free kick taken by Leon Johnson.

81:47 Booking

Booking Paul Coutts receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

80:43 Substitution

Substitution Ian Ashbee joins the action as a substitute, replacing Iain Hume.

80:30

Shot on goal by Danny Foster from just inside the area goes over the target.

78:40

Jamie Proctor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Johnson. Free kick taken by Leon Johnson.

77:05

Corner taken right-footed by Barry Nicholson from the left by-line, Andy Sandell manages to make a clearance.

76:28

Steven Smith restarts play with the free kick.

76:28 Booking

Booking The referee shows Leon Johnson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

76:22

Leon Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor.

75:05

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Smith.

73:54

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Scott Donnelly, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.

72:48

Assist by Iain Hume.

72:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Neil Mellor - Wycombe 3 - 4 Preston Neil Mellor gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Wycombe 3-4 Preston.

68:46 Substitution

Substitution Ben Strevens replaces Gareth Ainsworth.

68:06

Corner from right by-line taken by Scott Donnelly.

67:11

Clarke Carlisle challenges Stuart Beavon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Ainsworth takes the direct free kick.

65:24

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Steven Smith from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Leon Johnson.

65:04

Stuart Beavon is adjudged to have handled the ball. Graham Alexander takes the direct free kick.

63:41

Clarke Carlisle provided the assist for the goal.

63:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Iain Hume - Wycombe 3 - 3 Preston Iain Hume finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Wycombe 3-3 Preston.

63:04

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Scott Donnelly, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.

62:51

The offside flag is raised against Graham Alexander. Nikki Bull takes the free kick.

59:49

Kadeem Harris produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

54:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kadeem Harris on Jamie Proctor. Barry Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

51:23

Barry Nicholson decides to take the corner short.

51:05

Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Save by Nikki Bull.

50:33

James Tunnicliffe takes a shot. Save by Andreas Arestidou.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

42:59

Inswinging corner taken by Iain Hume from the right by-line, clearance made by Andy Sandell.

42:37

Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Danny Foster gets a block in.

41:23

Scott Donnelly takes a inswinging corner.

40:59

Conor McLaughlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Johnson. Scott Donnelly restarts play with the free kick.

40:14

Scott Donnelly takes the outswinging corner, Brian McLean manages to make a clearance.

39:57

Stuart Lewis takes a shot.

34:52

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Nicholson from the right by-line to the near post, Header on goal by Jamie Proctor from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

34:33 Booking

Booking Martin Rowlands goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

34:03

Graham Alexander fouled by Martin Rowlands, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian McLean.

31:35

The offside flag is raised against Stuart Beavon. Free kick taken by Andreas Arestidou.

30:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Lewis on Neil Mellor. Steven Smith takes the free kick.

28:21

Outswinging corner taken by Scott Donnelly, James Tunnicliffe takes a shot.

28:02

Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Save by Andreas Arestidou.

27:02

Effort on goal by Neil Mellor from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

26:03

The assist for the goal came from Scott Donnelly.

26:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Stuart Beavon - Wycombe 3 - 2 Preston Stuart Beavon grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Wycombe 3-2 Preston.

25:53

Corner taken right-footed by Scott Donnelly to the near post,

25:34

Gareth Ainsworth takes a shot. Save by Andreas Arestidou.

20:17

Martin Rowlands takes the free kick.

20:17 Booking

Booking Graham Alexander receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

19:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kadeem Harris by Graham Alexander.

16:50

Kadeem Harris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian McLean. Brian McLean takes the free kick.

13:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Donnelly - Wycombe 2 - 2 Preston Scott Donnelly scores a placed penalty. Wycombe 2-2 Preston.

12:19

Penalty awarded for a foul by Conor McLaughlin on Kadeem Harris.

11:33

Assist on the goal came from Andy Sandell.

11:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Ainsworth - Wycombe 1 - 2 Preston Gareth Ainsworth gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wycombe 1-2 Preston.

10:21

Foul by Clarke Carlisle on Gareth Ainsworth, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Andy Sandell, save by Andreas Arestidou.

8:18

Neil Mellor provided the assist for the goal.

8:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Iain Hume - Wycombe 0 - 2 Preston Iain Hume fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wycombe 0-2 Preston.

7:46

Corner taken by Scott Donnelly played to the near post, Graham Alexander makes a clearance.

6:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Neil Mellor - Wycombe 0 - 1 Preston Goal scored by Neil Mellor from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wycombe 0-1 Preston.

1:34

Scott Donnelly takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

0:37

Martin Rowlands produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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