Ryan Tafazolli scored a brace which included an injury-time winner, as Wycombe Wanderers defeated a stubborn Crewe Alexandra side 2-1 at Adams Park.

The centre-back had given the Chairboys the lead on the stroke of half-time before Tom Lowery equalised for the visitors, but, in the sixth minute of added time, Tafazolli scored his fourth of the campaign to make it eight league wins in a row at home in an incredible match in South Bucks.

The opening stages of the first-half was a non-event as both Wanderers and Alexandra passed the ball around without penetrating the defence.

However, as the game went on, the away side got into the match and were the better side.

Chris Long and Madger Gomes were causing Gareth Ainsworth’s men problems with the former having the first attempt of the contest.

Long got the ball from an Anthony Stewart mistake just outside of the box, and after wriggling his way into the penalty area, the 26-year-old unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot but David Stockdale was on hand to block the effort.

Seconds later, Wanderers responded as they had their first chance, but Sam Vokes’ header from a Josh Scowen cross went just over the bar.

This started a wave of attempts from the home side as Brandon Hanlan went close but was denied by Will Jaaskelainen, with the goalkeeper doing brilliantly to stop Wycombe’s man of the season so far in Garath McCleary.

A Joe Jacobson corner also flashed past the goal, but Crewe defended well and thwarted any Wanderers attack.

Crewe’s free-flowing football is a complete contrast to their league position, as they continued to cause Wycombe problems at both ends of the pitch.

Billy Sass-Davies produced a stunning block to deny Hanlan, and Rio Adebisi’s incredible volley was matched by a world-class stop by David Stockdale moments before half-time.

The save was met with a round of applause from all four corners of the ground, as Adebisi’s effort was destined to hit the back of the net.

The away side continued to attack as Gomes fired wide from Stockdale’s goal from distance, but when you’re at the bottom, luck tends to go the other way, as Wycombe went into the break 1-0 up.

A Jacobson corner was cleared by the Crewe backline, but it fell to an on-rushing Curtis Thompson.

The midfielder tried his luck from range and his effort took a huge deflection off Tafazolli.

The ricochet wrong-footed Jaaskelainen and Wanderers went into the break ahead.

The second-half was a lot more entertaining as both teams attacked whenever they got the ball.

Just seconds into the second period, Callum McFadzean forced Stockdale into a comfortable save, before Hanlan and Obita fired wide in quick succession.

The former Bristol Rovers man found himself again one-on-one with Jaaskelainen but he shot wide, before an Obita header just went over.

The chances kept on coming for Wycombe and an incredible piece of play saw Wanderers have three attempts in a matter of seconds, and yet they didn’t score.

Firstly, Thompson’s shot hit the inside of the post, the rebound fell to Vokes but his shot was saved, and from that effort, Hanlan’s attempt was scrambled away off the line.

The pendulum had now swung, and Crewe were hanging on.

However, just seconds later, the away side nearly got their goal as Gomes’ cross/shot found its way to goal, but, Stockdale again was there to produce an incredible stop.

It looked like Crewe were going back up to Cheshire empty-handed, but substitute Tom Lowery, who had been serenaded by the away fans throughout, scored with 13 minutes left to put visiting side level.

After Crewe got into the Wycombe box, Lowery’s effort was saved by Stockdale, but the rebound found the sub, who slotted home from close range.

Wycombe threw the kitchen sink in the final few moments as Hanlan, McCarthy, Obita, and Stewart all tried their luck, but thanks to some last-ditch defending and brilliant stops by Jaaskelainen, it stayed at 1-1.

Then, with seconds to go, Obita’s cross was flicked in by Tafazolli who looped the ball over the goalkeeper to seal three points for Wanderers.

The place erupted and Wycombe made it eight league wins on the bounce, as they moved back up to second. 

Up next for Wanderers is Fleetwood Town away on October 30.