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Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Rochdale

Joe Jacobson's stoppage-time penalty ended promotion-chasing Wycombe's worrying winless streak as they beat Rochdale at Adams Park.

Wanderers were seven points clear at the top of League One at Christmas but Jacobson's spot-kick earned a first win in six outings and prevented them sliding out of the automatic promotion places.

Ian Henderson's freak opener was cancelled out by Jason McCarthy before the late drama kept Gareth Ainsworth's side level on points with leaders Rotherham.

Wycombe found themselves behind in unfortunate circumstances as goalkeeper Ryan Allsop's clearance struck Henderson's back to give the visitors the lead after 18 minutes.

McCarthy, whose move from Millwall was confirmed on the morning of the match, marked the start of his third spell at the club with a goal in the 31st minute as his cross-turned-shot lobbed goalkeeper Jay Lynch.

Just before the break Nick Freeman had two chances to give the hosts the lead, firing wide and then blasting over.

Fan-favourite Adebayo Akinfenwa saw his effort scrambled off the line by Rochdale defender Paul McShane with 12 minutes to go.

But the pressure told as teenager Luke Matheson hauled down substitute Paul Smyth in the box and Jacobson made no mistake from 12 yards.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Wycombe

  • 1Allsop
  • 26McCarthy
  • 5Stewart
  • 21CharlesBooked at 80mins
  • 3Jacobson
  • 18ThompsonSubstituted forBloomfieldat 89'minutes
  • 22Freeman
  • 7WheelerSubstituted forSmythat 73'minutes
  • 4GapeSubstituted forOfoborhat 87'minutes
  • 27Parker
  • 20Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 2Coelho Jombati
  • 10Bloomfield
  • 11Kashket
  • 16Phillips
  • 17Smyth
  • 25Samuel
  • 28Ofoborh

Rochdale

  • 12Lynch
  • 41Matheson
  • 15McShane
  • 6O'Connell
  • 3Norrington-Davies
  • 8Williams
  • 7DooleyBooked at 75mins
  • 20RyanSubstituted forTavaresat 73'minutes
  • 13Keohane
  • 9AndrewBooked at 79mins
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 4McNulty
  • 16Done
  • 21Magloire
  • 35Bradley
  • 36Gillam
  • 37Tavares
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
4,498

Match Stats

Home TeamWycombeAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 2, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 2, Rochdale 1.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 2, Rochdale 1. Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Luke Matheson (Rochdale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Wycombe Wanderers. Paul Smyth draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Bloomfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Matt Bloomfield replaces Scott Kashket.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Nnamdi Ofoborh replaces Dominic Gape.

Paul McShane (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Parker (Wycombe Wanderers).

Booking

Darius Charles (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jay Lynch (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darius Charles (Wycombe Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Jason McCarthy (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Curtis Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Parker with a cross.

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Attempt blocked. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

M.J. Williams (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers).

Booking

Stephen Dooley (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen Dooley (Rochdale).

Josh Parker (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

M.J. Williams (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Dominic Gape (Wycombe Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Fabio Tavares replaces Jimmy Ryan.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Paul Smyth replaces David Wheeler.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Luke Matheson.

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Attempt blocked. M.J. Williams (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers).

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Jimmy Ryan.

Attempt blocked. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Freeman.

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Calvin Andrew.

Attempt blocked. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Jacobson with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham26145748262247
2Wycombe2613853427747
3Ipswich26129539241545
4Coventry251111336261044
5Oxford Utd26118743261741
6Sunderland25118636241241
7Portsmouth2511863729841
8Burton2511683430439
9Doncaster24107736241237
10Peterborough2610794435937
11Fleetwood2410773932737
12Lincoln City27114123633337
13Bristol Rovers2510693035-536
14Gillingham2681172925435
15Blackpool2581073229334
16Shrewsbury2581072428-434
17Accrington2678113639-329
18Rochdale2684143043-1328
19Wimbledon2676133138-727
20MK Dons2774162739-1225
21Tranmere2557132845-1722
22Southend2627172966-3713
23Bolton2447131954-357
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