Adebayo Akinfenwa was mobbed by his teammates as his injury-time winner saved Wycombe’s slim Championship survival hopes alive on Wednesday night time.
The 38-year-old striker discovered the again of the online for the primary time in 14 months when he slotted a 93rd-minute penalty previous Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to seal a 2-1 victory for the Chairboys.
Wycombe fell behind because of Tyreeq Bakinson’s first-half opener, earlier than Uche Ikpeazu drew Gareth Ainsworth’s facet stage within the 66th minute.
And simply when the sport appeared to be tapering off for a draw, Kasey Palmer was penalised for handball, which allowed Akinfenwa to attain his first aim of the season.
Wycombe, who’ve received three of their final 5 matches, stay backside of the Championship desk, however at the moment are six factors from 21st-placed Derby with three video games to play.
Akinfenwa’s heroics prompted his teammates to hurry over to him at full-time to rejoice their essential victory.
Ainsworth insists he’s ‘excited’ for Wycombe’s future – no matter which division they’re in subsequent season.
He mentioned: “I feel individuals can see the upward flip in what’s been occurring right here and, no matter occurs, I’m going to be actually excited for the way forward for this soccer membership.
“The longer term in the intervening time is Saturday, in opposition to Cardiff. If we will get three factors there, wow, that would actually upset a number of groups.
“I’m trying ahead to going there and seeing what we will do.
“Tonight, I’ll simply have a peaceful down for a minute as a result of it’s a kind of nights by which chaos has ensued.
“After I noticed Bayo decide up the ball for the penalty, Joe Jacobson’s normally the penalty-taker.
“He had a knock – I assumed he had a nasty harm, however then he walked over and took the nook that ended with David Stockdale’s shot gaining the penalty.
“It was simply insanity and to try to compute all of it is unattainable. I’m going to have to observe the replays on that one.”