Wycombe has fallen to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship despite Anis Mehmeti’s first senior goal pulling a 1-1 draw at home against QPR.
The visitors had taken the lead thanks to home side Jason McCarthy’s second goal of the season, but replacing Mehmeti from the edge of the box two minutes from time secured a share of the spoils for Gareth Ainsworth’s side.
The hosts were preparing to welcome 2,000 fans to Adams Park, but Buckinghamshire, ranked at level 3 this week, saw the game be played behind closed doors once again.
Both teams were looking for a winning start to their festive fixtures and both goalkeepers were in action early.
QPR’s Seny Dieng did well to save Scott Kashket’s second-minute effort and on the other end Ryan Allsop clawed Rob Dickie’s head before pushing the same player’s long-range effort for a corner.
The Rangers looked more threatening as the half progressed and they broke the deadlock at the half hour.
Ilias Chair’s cross from the right appeared to be covered by Jason McCarthy, but his skewed clearance flew towards the goal and came out of Allsop’s hand.
Wycombe had chances either side of the break, with Adebayo Akinfenwa in the lead and Dieng there to parry David Wheeler’s long-range header for a corner.
The hosts were furious after seeing penalty calls overturned five minutes into the second half with Joe Jacobson booked on dissent, which pushed Wycombe into a flurry of chances thanks to Daryl Horgan.
First his shot was saved by Dieng, with Kashket’s header off the rebound just over the bar, then Horgan beat the offside trap, but saw his effort diverted into the side net by Dieng .
QPR had its own chances in the second half, with Yoann Barbet heading on a free kick from Chair pushed back for a corner and Niko Hamalainen and Todd Kane missing opportunities from afar.
Wycombe called in a series of attacking substitutes, with Kashket replaced by Uche Ikpeazu, who had impressed at Bournemouth midweek.
But it was his replacement colleague Mehmeti, also featured in the 76th minute, who had the most revealing impact, finishing a quick run with a low shot that Dieng could only muster in his own net to silence the small number. of fans outside in the woods. surrounding Adams Park.
There was no sign of a late winner for four minutes of extra time as both teams were forced to settle for a point.
Wycombe is now winless in 10 games, while QPR has not won in seven themselves.