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Monday 6th July 2020
Football League One - Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Wycombe Wanderers left themselves one game from reaching the second tier of English football for the first time ever after completing a 6-3 aggregate play-off semi-final victory over Fleetwood Town. The 2nd leg at Adams Park ended 2-2 after the visitors had given Wycombe a brief scare by leading 1-0 and 2-1 before a stoppage time goal from Fred Onyedinma sealed a visit to Wembley where Oxford United will be the opposition following their semi-final victory over Portsmouth earlier the same evening.
With Wanderers fielding an unchanged starting XI to the 1st leg at Fleetwood, Danny Andrew’s 22nd minute strike had made the tie more ‘interesting’ than most Wycombe followers would have hoped. However, Onyedinma’s leveller two minutes into the second-half calmed the nerves before a Ched Evans penalty on the hour mark gave the visitors a small glint of hope again. But,with Joey Barton’s side pressing, it was Onyedinma who struck again from the edge of the D to send a shot sweetly into bottom right corner of the net to draw a massive collective breath of relief from the Wycombe fans watching near and far.
The final with Oxford United will take place on Monday 13th July 2020 at Wembley Stadium with a 7.45pm kick-off and like the semi-finals will be broadcast in the UK via Sky Sports.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Fleetwood 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I can't thank the boys enough, their efforts have just been phenomenal all week, all four weeks since they got back from lockdown all they've been focusing on doing is being their best and I asked them to be better than they were on Friday.
"It was a tough ask but they've defended unbelievably against what I would say is the best away footballing team we've had down here all season.
"We defended really well, it's about those headers, those moments in front of your own goal that you'll die for to defend and I've got this pack that will die for each other out there."
Meanwhile, Fleetwood Town Manager Joey Barton said: "I asked the lads to respond and give a good account of themselves and I thought they did that.
"First leg the damage was done really and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb, but I thought that performance really showed how tight-knit we are as a group and we'll come back stronger.
"Over two legs, Wycombe deserved to go through finding the back of the net six times and you can't begrudge that.
"We've to focus on all the strides we've made in the past two seasons and push this club on. This will be part of our learning and I believe the style of football we play will take us a lot further in the game than others."
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