Portsmouth 4–2 Wycombe Wanderers

A first half double from Paul Hayes was not enough to stop Wycombe Wanderers slipping to another defeat at Portsmouth this afternoon.

It was an improved attacking display by the Chairboys than in last week's defeat at Luton, but their back four, even with Aaron Pierre back at the centre of it, was found wanting once more.

For all that, it was Wycombe who took the lead just 10 minutes in when a superb cross-field ball from Michael Harriman was equally brilliantly played into the box first time by Garry Thompson, leaving Hayes to finish from a few yards out for his first league goal of the season.

Sam Wood, back in the starting line-up today, came within inches of doubling Wycombe's lean soon after when he ghosted in to get on the end of a flick-on into the Portsmouth area, but his volleyed effort crashed back off the crossbar.

However, just after the half hour mark, Christian Burgess drew Pompey level when he bundled the ball home at the back post following a real six yard box scramble, before an unbelievable three goals in the last minute, plus stoppage time, of the half turned the game on its head, then back and forth again, to send the hosts in at the break 3-2 in front.

Back of the net: Hayes scores his first

First, with barely a minute to go until half time, the hosts took the lead when Sido Jombati, who had already survived one handball shout, was penalised when Gareth Evans' header struck his arm, and Gary Roberts smashed the spot kick emphatically home.

Wycombe went straight down the other to equalise, Thompson again the provider for Hayes to smash home his second of the game, a brilliant finish with the outside of his right foot.

But manager Gareth Ainsworth's half time team talk once again went up in smoke when Pompey stole the lead back, sub Conor Chaplin lifting the ball over Anthony Stewart before defly heading over the stranded Blackman.

The end to end stuff continued after the interval, Anthony Stewart heading just wide from a free kick with Forde beaten before Pompey broke and Roberts went even closer at the other end, somehow nodding wide from a yard out.

But Carl Baker made no mistake when an Enda Stevens cross from the left fell to him at the same far post where Roberts had messed up minutes earlier, sweeping the ball home to make it 4-2.

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