Wycombe Wanderers made it no wins in eight games after they slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Accrington Stanley in their League One clash at a chilly Adams Park.

It looked good for the Blues when Paris Cowan-Hall gave them the lead in the first half but two Billy Kee penalties and a Paul Smyth strike eased the visitors to a win against a below-par Wycombe.

Wycombe made a bright start to proceedings under the lights at Adams Park as Alex Samuel flashed a shot across goal on three minutes.

The Blues were keeping Stanley penned in early on and Adebayo Akinfenwa had a half-chance on four minutes, volleying wide after controlling the ball expertly.

Accrington possessed a lot of pace in attack and Sam Finley saw his long-range effort on six minutes deflected wide.

From the resulting corner, Sean McConville’s clever pass found Jordan Clark who saw his shot crash against the crossbar.

The game was developing into an even contest with both sides playing some nice football in the opening exchanges.

Stanley had a great chance to open the scoring on 13 minutes when Kee found Smyth. His low cross was met by Dan Barlaser but Ryan Allsop made an excellent save to deny the midfielder.

The game fizzled out a bit but was brought back to life on 23 minutes when Cowan-Hall curled home a delightful finish after good work from Matt Bloomfield.

Wycombe were looking to turn the screw and Akinfenwa again brought down the ball superbly on 26 minutes but rifled his shot high and wide.

However, Accrington showed their danger going forward and McConville hit the woodwork, crashing his shot against the post on 28 minutes with Allsop beaten.

There was a break in proceedings as the assistant referee got injured and had to be replaced and Accrington came out with a renewed vigour and had a series of corners which were well defended.

Samuel nearly made it two in first half stoppage time when his firm shot was well parried by Jonny Maxted in the Accrington goal.

Wanderers were putting Accy under pressure approaching the break and Sido Jombati saw his long-range effort superbly held by Maxted after a clever lay-off by Samuel.

With the prolonged injury time, Stanley had a chance of their own when McConville’s free kick was tipped wide by Allsop.

From the resulting corner, Smyth was pulled to the ground in a gathering of players and referee Johnson awarded the penalty.

Billy Kee hammered home the resulting spot kick to give Allsop no chance and following that incident, the referee blew for half time.

The second period started off at a real fast pace with Accrington looking to Kee and Smyth to put Wycombe under pressure.

The visitors were on top and Finley saw his shot fly well over after a McConville delivery caused panic on 51 minutes.

Wanderers almost retook the lead on 53 minutes when Freeman’s fierce strike was brilliantly thwarted by Maxted, From the rebound, Cowan-Hall saw his shot blocked on the line by Harvery Rodgers.

The game ebbed and flowed and Adam El-Abd was next to have crack, smashing a shot from 25 yards on 56 minutes that Maxted held well.

Back came Stanley and Kee headed a decent chance wide on 57 minutes from Janoi Donacien’s excellent cross.

With the game on a knife-edge, Stanley were awarded another penalty on 65 minutes when Curtis Thompson was adjudged to pulled back the lively Smith and Kee coolly slotted home.

Wanderers responded strongly and Akinfenwa met Michael Harriman’s wicked cross on 67 minutes but glanced his header wide.

Wycombe were huffing and puffing but were dealt a hammer blow on 71 minutes when that livewire Smyth drove into the box and found the far corner.

McConville came close to making it four on 76 minutes but Allsop denied him at full stretch.

John Coleman’s side were hungry for more and Allsop blocked Donacien after a flying run by the full back.

Smyth’s rapid pace was continuing to cause a tired Wycombe side all sorts of worries and his blocked effort was well tipped over by Allsop on 84 minutes.

Wycombe now face a crucial game on Saturday away at Shrewsbury.

WYCOMBE WANDERERS: Allsop, McCarthy, Jombati, El-Abd, Harriman, Thompson (sub: Owens, 86), Bloomfield (sub: Kashket, 59), Freeman, Cowan-Hall (sub: Bolton, 82), Samuel, Akinfenwa. Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Jacobson, Frempah.

ACCRINGTON STANLEY: Maxted, Johnson, Hughes, Rodgers, Donacien, Clark, Finley, Barlaser, McConville, Kee, Smyth. Subs: Savin, Richards-Everton, Nolan, Brown, Simmonds, Sousa, Armstrong.

REFEREE: Kevin Johnson.