Fans certainly got their value for money at Adams Park
A second successive 3-3 draw between Wycombe and Cheltenham had both home and away supporters entertained right up until the last minute at Adams Park.
The match had a similar feeling to the encounter last year where the Robins surrendered a lead before coming back into the game late into the second half.
Both teams have been enjoyable to watch this season, scoring 54 between them, and that fashion continued as five goals were scored in a frantic second period.
Wycombe have one of the most potent front-lines in the division, even without the injured Scott Kashket, who netted 16 times last season.
Cheltenham are much better going forward too, sharing the goal haul across the pitch a lot better than the previous campaign where Billy Waters was often the only outlet.
Storm Brian strikes twice in one week
Brian Graham started up front with Danny Wright again as Gary Johnson named an unchanged side from the team that beat Lincoln last week and the Scotsman enjoyed his best display yet against Wycombe.
His brace helped earn the visitors a deserved point as he took his goal tally up to four since joining from Hibernian late in the summer transfer window.
— Luke Saunders (@LukeSaunders17) October 23, 2017
The 29-year-old showed his poacher instinct to tap in a Jamie Grimes’ cut back for the opener, before steering a brilliant header in off the post in the last minute to rescue a point for the Robins.
The well travelled forward has started to win over his critics in recent weeks and on this display, Graham’s first spell in English football could be successful one.
It was far too Eze for Wycombe after half time
Cheltenham lacked midfield protection until Kyle Storer came off the bench three quarters of the way through the match to sit in front of the back four.
Joe Morrell and Carl Winchester are both a cut above in creativity at this level, but were clearly missing someone to mop up in behind and despite a positive first half, the midfield and defence crumbled between the 45th and 55th minute against Wycombe.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side hit back with two goals in two minutes and Eberechi Eze was the architect in the turnaround.
The QPR loanee shone in midfield for the Chairboys, and swept home the equaliser after 48 minutes before running a huge distance in the set up for Adebayo Akinfenwa’s goals.
The 19-year-old has tremendous physique and dribbling ability, he has also scored a couple of crackers this season too.
It was the fifth time this year that Cheltenham had conceded two goals in two minutes and when 3-1 down after 62 minutes, it required a massive effort to save the day and earn a draw.
The Robins deserve huge credit for not allowing the Chairboys to sit on their lead
The early second half capitulation did not deter Cheltenham from hitting back and the introduction of Harry Pell, Kyle Storer and former Wycombe loanee Jerell Sellars helped turn the game around.
Cheltenham did not give up, and when Carl Winchester made it 3-2 with 20 minutes to go, momentum aided the visitors in scoring the equaliser, despite a clear push from Mo Eisa in the build up.
The healthy band of travelling supporters rallied the team in earning a deserved point in a match that could have quite easily gone horribly wrong at one stage.
Thank you to our incredible fans today!👍
Crowd of 4,165 inside Adams Park – but we heard you!
— Cheltenham Town (@CTFCofficial) October 28, 2017
Such character and fighting spirit has been prevalent in recent matches such as against Port Vale and Grimsby Town, albeit without reward. But Cheltenham must learn not to put themselves in such a desperate position if they are to continue climbing the table.
Taming the beast remains a difficulty
Despite being 35 years of age, Adebayo Akinfenwa is still scoring goals in the Football League.
Finding the back of the net at this level is his bread and butter, and doing so against Cheltenham is also something he tends to enjoy.
10 more would result in his best ever goalscoring season.
13 more would take him to 200 career goals.
If anyone can do it, he can.
— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) October 29, 2017
‘The Beast’ has now scored 23 goals in 46 appearances for Wycombe and has bagged 11 against the Robins over the years for four different clubs.
Jamie Grimes and Will Boyle did superbly to win most aerial challenges with Akinfenwa and kept him quiet in the first half, but the man who is widely regarded as the strongest in football soon found his form with two after the interval.
It was another vital lesson for Cheltenham’s relatively young back four, who will now face the most prolific attack in League Two when they face Luton Town after FA Cup weekend.