Wycombe Wanderers’ relegation from the championship was approved despite the end of the season with a convincing victory in the middle of the Middlesbrough table.
Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys started the day with three safety points, but their considerably lower goal difference meant they had to beat Boro by a huge margin, let’s hope Sheffield Wednesday won in Derby and Rotherham failed. to beat Cardiff for a miraculous escape.
While that sequence of events was never likely, Wycombe dominated at Riverside Stadium and comfortably led the break through a smart finish from Fred Onyedinma and a sloppy strike from Garath McCleary.
Boro looked well back and the visitors scored a deserved third as Jason McCarthy walked into Ligue 1 with his head held high.
Wycombe ends their very first league campaign 22nd, above other relegated Rotherham and Sheffield teams on Wednesday and one point down from safety, while Neil Warnock’s side finish the season 10th.
The Chairboys came into the game knowing they weren’t going to score the 12 needed goals at Riverside to give them a chance at survival, but they threw it all in, Onyedinma reaching for Ryan Tafazolli’s defensive pass and lifting the keeper. in a hurry Jordan Archer. .
Admiral Muskwe’s powerful strike was reversed before excellent play from center-forward Uche Ikpeazu allowed McCleary to find the net despite tripping his shot.
The hosts made two halftime changes and moved on to a 3-5-2 formation, but that made little difference for a dismal display and McCarthy applied the finishing touches for Wycombe’s third at point blank after Tafazolli directed Joe Jacobson’s corner.
Young Boro Hayden Hackney and Jack Robinson came for their home debut and boss Warnock was booked for dissent as Wycombe’s very first victory on the North East side turned out to be in vain.
Down with a fight
Wycombe reaching the league last season was arguably one of the biggest outsider stories in English football.
Ainsworth’s side were eighth when the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season was cut short amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but moved to third place with points per game.
They went on to defeat Fleetwood and Oxford United in the playoffs to earn promotion to the second tier for the first time.
Adebayo Akinfenwa, 38, and Matt Bloomfield, 36, were among the Chairboys playing for the first time in the second tier, with the club having by far the smallest budget in the division.
And it was a rude awakening – taking Wycombe to his fifth game to score his first league goal and his eighth game to score a point.
A streak of only one victory in 17 games between November and February – including one 7-2 struggle at Brentford – left them 12 points adrift at the bottom and in danger of sinking without leaving a trace.
But one thing the Wycombe Ainsworth team doesn’t miss is combat.
They recovered from two to 3-2 win at Huddersfield in February and ended the season with six wins in 11 matches to impressively delay confirmation of their inevitable relegation until the last day of the campaign.
A lack of quality in both boxes eventually drove the Buckinghamshire squad back straight to Ligue 1, but they are a well-run club that hasn’t spent beyond their means.
If they can keep players like Josh Knight, Curtis Thompson and top scorer Ikpeazu at the club, chances are they will be at the right end of Ligue 1 next season.
- 27She was
- 29SpenceReplaced byAkpomat 45 ‘minutes
- 22SavilleReplaced byRobinsonat 89 ‘minutes
- 3JohnsonReplaced byMalleyat 45 ‘minutes
- 33CoulsonReplaced byCoburnat 76 ‘minutes
- 14BolasieReplaced byHackneyat 89 ‘minutes
- 18ThompsonReplaced byBloomfieldat 90 ‘minutes
- 24AdeniranBooked at 45 minutesReplaced byWheelerat 74 ‘minutes
- 19McClearyReplaced byHorganat 74 ‘minutes
- 9The lastReplaced bySamuelat 83 ‘minutes
- 15MuskweReplaced byMehmetiat 83 ‘minutes
Le match se termine, Middlesbrough 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.
Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.
Faute de Josh Coburn (Middlesbrough).
Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Remplacement, Wycombe Wanderers. Matt Bloomfield remplace Curtis Thompson.
Remplacement, Middlesbrough. Jack Robinson remplace George Saville.
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Hayden Hackney replaces Yannick Bolasie.
Foul by Marc Bola (Middlesbrough).
Jason McCarthy (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers).
Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Anis Mehmeti replaces Admiral Muskwe.
Remplacement, Wycombe Wanderers. Alex Samuel remplace Uche Ikpeazu.
Failed attempt. Josh Coburn (Middlesbrough) header from the center of the box is too high. Helped by Yannick Bolasie with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Corner concede by Uche Ikpeazu.
George Saville (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Curtis Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers) fouls.
Josh Coburn (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Faute by Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers).
Failed attempt. Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers) head at point blank range is too high. Helped by Daryl Horgan with a cross.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Marc Bola tries a through ball, but Chuba Akpom is caught offside.