The Beast warming up to the challenge
ADEBAYO Akinfenwa helped himself to a double as Wycombe saw off Port Vale but manager Gareth Ainsworth warned that the Beast still has work to do get in top shape.
The away side dominated for 87 minutes at Vale Park until Port Vale pulled two goals back to give them hope.
However Akinfenwa’s double and one from Paris Cowan-Hall proved enough, although Ainsworth admitted his team were almost made to pay for missing some good chances.
He said: “Bayo (Akinfenwa) still needs to get fit, he knows that but 90 minutes and two goals will help that so overall I’m pleased.
“There were mistakes which I will look at but can we put the game really out of sight because second half we missed some chances as well.
“A team like Port Vale are going to put you under pressure at some point, so it was a tough game but pleased to get the three points we’re unbeaten but let’s not get carried away there’s 44 to go.”
Wycombe got off to the perfect start when Akinfenwa headed in Joe Jacobson’s free-kick after just two minutes.
Then Paris CowanHall doubled their lead 13 minutes later although his game came to a premature end when he limped off midway through the first half with a hamstring injury.
By 25 minutes, Wycombe were 3-0 up and in dreamland as Akinfenwa netted againwith another header from Luke O’Nien’s shot which put the Chairboys in cruise control.
It took Vale 63 minutes to have a clear effort on goal but Tom Pope’s snapshot from 12 yards sailed over.
They finally came alive in the last five minutes and pulled one back with their first attempt on target when substitute Dan Turner headed in Lawrie Wilson’s cross for his second in two games on the 88th minute.
They then made it 3-2 a minute later when another substitute Ben Whitfield skipped past two defenders and curled a beauty in the top corner to provide a nail-biting finish.
However the home side could not complete the comeback, much to the frustration of manager Michael Brown, who was annoyed at the way his team only fired once the game was gone.
“You give them a massive lift and they raised their game at 3-0 and it was very difficult for us to get back into the game,” he said.
“You question all sorts of things, but ultimately, we conceded those goals and its game over.”
STAR MAN ADEBAYO AKINFENWA Wycombe