Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United shared the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Kassam Stadium as three penalties were awarded.   

Both sides went into the derby without a win in two matches and it was the away side that started off the better.

Dale Taylor forced James Beadle into a fine save after just minutes, whilst Garath McCleary, who was making his first league start in nearly a month, saw several of his crosses cause problems in the home box.

Wanderers continued to press one of the promotion favourites, but it was Oxford that took the lead.

Marcus McGuane's delivery from the left-hand side was swept into the bottom right-hand corner of Max Stryjek’s goal by Ruben Rodrigues.

It was the Portuguese’s second goal of the season, and whilst it was against the run of play, with it being Oxford’s first attack of any note, it really kicked them into gear.

Liam Manning’s team started to turn the screw into Wanderers and should have been several goals clear before the break.

Billy Bodin headed wide, Mark Harris was denied brilliant by Stryjek whilst a Rodrigues free-kick flew over the bar.

Wycombe were penned back and needed to get to half-time with the score at just 1-0, as they were not offering anything.

The second period saw the Chairboys kick-off with a real spring in their step as Brandon Hanlan and Killian Phillips both went close.

However, on 55 minutes, Wanderers were given a lifeline through a set of fortuitous circumstances.

McGuane, who assisted Oxford’s opener, slipped into his own box and landed on the ball with his hands.

A complete accident by the Jamaican, but referee Seb Stockbridge had no option but to point to the spot.

Up stepped Luke Leahy who buried the equaliser with his second in as many games.

Then, with 13 minutes left, Hanlan was brought down by Beadle in the Oxford goal and Leahy stepped up to secure his second of the contest.

That’s three in two for the ex-Shrewsbury man, and his six for the season.

However, in the fifth minute of nine added on, Cameron Brannagan scored the third penalty of the contest, after Harris was fouled in the area.

 Wycombe remain in 10th whilst Oxford stay second.