A young Wycombe Wanderers side lost their opening Papa John’s Trophy tie to Aston Villa U23s at Adams Park.

Despite taking the lead through Connor Parsons; Cameron Archer, fresh from his hat-trick against Barrow in the Carabao Cup, and a double from Jaden Philogene-Bidace, made it a relatively comfortable 3-1 win for the development t

Gareth Ainsworth made 10 changes from Saturday’s defeat to Sunderland, with a mixture of young and fringe players.

Below we look at those who played for the Chairboys, and briefly assess how they performed.

Adam Przybek, 6

Made a string of fine saves throughout. Could not have been expected to save any of the goals, although could have done better for the third potentially.

Overall solid performance.

David Wheeler, 6

Solid yet unspectacular return from injury for the team captain.

Loose pass almost set Cameron Archer up for a goal, but for good goalkeeping and covering from Andre Burley.

Going forward however, he struck the post in the first half which would have put the Chairboys into a commanding lead.

Good to get minutes in the legs after recently returning to the fold.

Curtis Thompson, 6

Difficult to judge as most of the match was played in either third.

Played a key role in the goal for Gareth Ainsworth’s side as his through ball found Garath McCleary for the cross.

The hosts lost the midfield battle in the second half and saw the side on the back post for most of the final period.

Garath McCleary, 7

Started the game incredibly strong and was beating his opposite number at will, however faded fast and had little impact in the second half.

Missed a decent opportunity in the second half, one on one with the keeper, but hit it straight at Zych.

Brandon Hanlan, 6

Strong debut from the striker whose all-round game was strong despite not scoring.

Held the ball up well and linked well with those around him.

Olly Pendlebury, 6

Similar to Curtis Thompson, difficult to judge as very little of the game occurred in the middle of the pitch.

Was cool and calm on the ball, keeping the game ticking over without taking it by the scruff of the neck.

Andre Burley, 6

Recovered well in first half to hold up Archer after he was gifted the ball by Wheeler, but lost his man at the far post for Aston Villa’s second goal and remained nervy until his enforced substitution following a nasty clash of heads.

Max Ram, 6

Caught out of position for the Villa opener and unable to cut out the cross for the third.

Malachi Linton, 6

Buzzed around and never stopped running, just missing cutting edge.

Perhaps over exuberant at times leading to a booking late on for a strong tackle.

Chris Forino, 6

A commanding presence in the centre of a back three, he was throwing his body in front of most Villa chances.

Passing could do with improvement after giving the ball away on occasion but a solid debut.

Connor Parsons, 7

Similar to most from a Wycombe perspective, started very quick and impressively however faded as the visitors took more control in the second half.

Good outlet to relieve defenders and a well taken opening goal for the debutant.


James Clark (60), 6

Bright on occasion going forward but looked to struggle defensively.

Sullay Kaikai (68), 6

Struggled to get into the game when he came on, failed to make much of an impact but a player more than good enough on his day to himself at League One level.

Jordan Obita (80), 6

Only played the final 10 minutes and bought a calmness to the inexperienced backline