Ratings: Wycombe 2-0 Burton

Ryan Allsop 7One fifth of the Wycombe Wall (now up to 12 clean sheets in 2019/20) had one save to make – once again – and even that was from the tamest of shots, but he remained alert to any other efforts which might have ended up on target. Comfortable on the very odd occasion he received the ball to feet from a team-mate.

Sido Jombati 7 | A first league appearance of the season for Sido with Jack Grimmer out with a knock. Looked right at home in a position he’s not really played over the last year or so. Didn’t hesitate in making eight clearances and won 6/8 50-50s.

Anthony Stewart 7.5 | Another 90 minutes of what we’ve come to expect in a defensive sense from the man turning out for Wanderers for the 200th time. Showed great composure in the other box to set up David Wheeler for the opener – his third assist of the season (for what it’s worth, that’s more than Aiden McGeady) yet his first from inside the opposition’s half.

Darius Charles 7 | Does it need pointing out repeatedly that Darius is an absolute inspiration? Looked unaffected by the time off – in fact, he might have benefitted more than most. Did what he does, making an important clearance at 1-0 late on, and even went on a little dribble out of defence at one point – which he completed.

Joe Jacobson 7 | Came up against a tricky right-wing duo in Lucas Akins and David Templteton but dealt with them well. Made some cracking tackles, with his five the most of anyone on either team, and caused problems with corners – of course.

Nnamdi Ofoborh 7 | This young man is going to be a star one day. Exhibited his excellent range of passing once again but overhit a few or was let down by team-mates not being on the same wavelength. Defensively, blocked two shots and somehow hooked the ball away when it seemed to come to a standstill in the six-yard box and he looked right off-balance.

Curtis Thompson 6.5 | A fairly typical Thompson performance, only let down by his getting involved in a bit of a pathetic coming together with the visitors’ Stephen Quinn in the first half, which earned both yellow cards. Didn’t get any less stuck in after his booking but was withdrawn early just to be on the safe side, presumably.

Matt Bloomfield 7.5 | Bagged the win-sealing goal – his first of the season, keeping up his record of scoring in every one of his Wycombe campaigns (this is his 17th). Frustratingly stopped a couple of promising moves in the first half but more than made up for any sloppiness with yet another all-action performance, particularly off the ball as we’ve come to expect.

Rolando Aarons 6 | Better but still another rather frustrating performance from a player who proved his Championship quality at Sheffield Wednesday last term but hasn’t really settled in here. Showed more glimpses but seems to overdo things when he doesn’t need to and underdo them when he could really express himself. Again, looks like he needs a sustained run in the side – hard to see that happening at the moment, though.

Alex Samuel 6.5 | Hasn’t looked at his best lately but still isn’t long back from injury. At least made aerials trickier for Burton defenders to win even if he only won 2/15 himself. Could probably have done with the ball spending more time on the ground in the central area of the final third.

David Wheeler 8 ⭐ | Probably the player most assured of their place in the front three as things stand. One of the signings of the summer, his second goal in the quarters was much deserved! Tucked it away superbly and marked it with an, er, interesting celebration. The best outlet when it comes to receiving long balls forward without Bayo on the pitch – and even more useful when they both are. Played on the left and right wing and tracked back indefatigably as always, making three clearances and four tackles.


Subs

Adebayo Akinfenwa (replaced Samuel, 60) 7Didn’t see much of the ball but, as ever, gave opposing defenders a new problem later in the game. Had a couple of shots – one on target – to at least keep Jamie O’Hara in the Brewers goal on his toes.

Scott Kashket (replaced Aarons, 66) 6.5 | Gave the Burton back four a new problem of a different, more dynamic kind. May have done better with his one effort if he’d shot with his right.

Alex Pattison (replaced Thompson, 80) 7Very much involved in Bloomfield’s goal. Squared it towards Kashket when he would have been within his rights to shoot, with the ball ultimately dropping to Blooms from a defender’s clearance. A simple but important impact!

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