David Wheeler scored his third goal of the season as Wycombe ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a hard-earned draw against Ipswich.

The Chairboys, who remain on top of the League One, had the first meaningful chance of the contest after seven minutes when Paul Smyth saw his effort from six yards go just wide of an empty goal after Alex Samuel put in a low cross.

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Seconds later, Ipswich nearly took the lead when Darius Charles, who has started every league game he has played in this season, blocked Gwion Edwards’ effort off the line.

Three minutes later, Joe Jacobson had a free-kick brush Will Norris’ goal from 25-yards but other than that, both teams were tentative in their approach, as the Chairboys and Ipswich defended well to stop any attacks entering the final third.

At the start of the second-half, Ipswich came out like a different team as they gave Wycombe no time at all on the ball.

This was evident three minutes into the second period when Alan Judge’s low shot was brilliantly saved by Allsop, with the rebound by James Norwood being blocked by Giles Phillips.

It was an onslaught of Ipswich attacks as Luke Garbutt, who is on loan from Everton and spent last season at on-loan at Oxford United, fired in a low and teasing ball into the box.

The ball eluded every Wycombe player and managed to find its way to Norwood, who could only slide the ball just wide.

So from the way the game was going, it was only a matter of time before the Tractor Boys would take the lead, and they did in the 55th minute.

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After Anthony Stewart was penalised for fouling Kayden Jackson 30-yards from goal, Garbutt whipped in the resulting free-kick whilst the Wycombe players were organising their wall and positions.

From the resulting freekick, Norwood, who has only scored three league goals in his last 12 league matches, smashed in a diving header from six-yards in front of the travelling fans.

It was the 29-year-old’s ninth goal of the season.

Conceding the goal seemed to kick Wycombe into life as the Chairboys started to grow into the game but were again shut out from the stubborn Ipswich defence.

But on 66 minutes, Wycombe got their equaliser.

Adebayo Akinfenwa, who had come on for Paul Smyth a minute previously, flicked on Alex Samuel’s pass onto David Wheeler, who brilliantly lobbed the on-coming Norris to make it 1-1.

It was Wheeler’s third goal for the club, with all of his strikes coming at Adams Park.

And the home side nearly won it when Alex Samuel, who was named Man of the Match, saw his acrobatic effort go centimetres wide on 83 minutes.

The draw means Wycombe remain on top of League One on 44 points, three points clear of Rotherham who moved into second after they defeated Blackpool 2-1 this afternoon, whilst Oxford (who started the day in second), lost away to Doncaster.

Ipswich drop to fifth.

The result means that Wycombe are now winless in four whilst Ipswich have not won in eight.

Next up for Wycombe is a trip to Sunderland on January 11.

Their next home game is against Rochdale on January 18.