⭐denotes Chairboys Central Man of the Match
⚽ denotes goal-scorer
Ryan Allsop 7.5 | Another busier day between the sticks for Rocky. Made three saves in total – all from inside the box – notably a spectacular diving one to prevent a goal-bound effort he didn’t see until very late. Another pre-assist to his name (for those who like to count such things) with his pinpoint free-kick onto the head of the Beast.
Giles Phillips 6.5 | First things first, let’s be fair: Phillips is not a right-back; he’s a promising centre-back. Fared solidly – a more adept understudy than Sido Jombati to Jack Grimmer – but had a probably unsurprising tendency to drift inside a bit, affording Ipswich extra space on the left at times. Might have done better with a couple of half-chances in the first half.
Anthony Stewart 7 | Solid once more from one of our most consistent performers of the season. Didn’t have a whole lot to do with the ball, as such, but won the aerial battle and made five clearances. Sat very deep and central and didn’t embark on a marauding run like you tend to see from him at least once a game – did pick out a delightful ball over the top, though, for Alex Samuel, which might have come to something on another occasion.
Darius Charles 7.5 | Honestly, I don’t think I can write anything more that will do the man justice. Was visibly annoyed with the defensive unit’s switching off for Ipswich’s goal but immense once again. Could have had a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other as he made a fine last-ditch goal-line clearance – must be psychic to know exactly where the ball is going to end up in those situations.
Joe Jacobson 7 | Lost James Norwood for the goal but as guilty as anyone for not being wise to the quick-free kick – so no inividual blame there. Hugged the left touchline and often dictated proceedings in the attacking third, playing two key passes. Went for goal from two free-kicks but no belter in front of the cameras – next time, JJ, next time!
David Wheeler 7.5 ⚽| What a finish for the goal – like a quarterback, no concern that he was about to get flattened, knew what he was about to do and hung on in there. Apart from that, strangely only won 2/11 aerial duels but once again showed what he’s about on the deck, looking composed and creative-minded in tight spots in the final third. Tracked back to cover Phillips well.
Nnamdi Ofoborh 8 [STAR]| A first CCMOTM for the young Bournemouth loanee. “He’s here, he’s there, he’s every f******gwhere, Ofoborh, Ofoborh!” should be the chant. A young man who reads the game so well, getting in position to intercept, block and generally sweep up wherever he’s needed. Not afraid to shoot from distance either, even if he needs a bit of practice in that respect! Technically played the Dom Gape role but looks like he could slot in anywhere in that midfield – and he’s only going to get better.
Matt Bloomfield 7 | Even taking into account the sentimental factor – Mr Wycombe was up against his boyhood club for only the second time – it was slightly surprising to see Blooms start again, and even more so to see him go 90. Less effective in disrupting the opposition than normal but did his utmost to harry and seemed to gain a second wind after an hour and power through. Certainly wasn’t a passenger.
Nick Freeman 7 | While Wheeler was successful than usual in the air, Freeman was rather the opposite, hinting at his improving combative side – a necesssity in the abscene of Gape and Curtis Thompson. Brought necessary calm to proceedings with his usual intelligent passing, particularly one or two pressure-relieving cross-field balls.
Paul Smyth 6.5 | Only loses 0.5 for that agonising miss – just one of those things, but he’ll know he can do better and will bury the next one which falls his way. Floated from flank to flank but didn’t go on any trademark dribbles or cause the Town defence any problems with his long throws. First time he’s really played in a front two for us so perhaps time needed for things to click.
Alex Samuel 7.5 | His best performance since returning from injury in November. In the best possiblew way, he is a pain in the arse for defenders. Faces play, backs into them, selfessly holds the ball up to allow things to develop and draws fouls in good positions. Deserved to win it with his acrobatic attempt but doesn’t need to bang in the goals in our system. Looked strong in the air too – perhaps he’s been working with Bayo in training?
Adebayo Akinfenwa (replaced Smyth, 65) 7.5 | Bayo changes the game off the bench? Haven’t seen that before. The key moment: won the ball with ease, flicked it onto Wheeler precisely and BOOM, 1-1. So important to have back on corners as well, as he demonstrated with an emphatic clearing header.
Scott Kashket (replaced Samuel, 86) N/A