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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Blackburn

All you need to know.

1 April 2021

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers
Friday 2nd April 2021, k.o. 3pm GMT
Adams Park
Sky Bet Championship

The first game back after the international break sees Blackburn Rovers make their first ever appearance at Adams Park, with Gareth Ainsworth hoping his side can avenge the heavy defeat in the reverse fixture at Ewood Park when he locks horns with his boyhood club.

Ainsworth's return to the famous ground where he attended countless games as a young fan ended in a 5-0 defeat back in September, as Wanderers learned a harsh lesson about the quality on show in the Championship.

Now to remain at this level, the Chairboys must embark on a sensational run of form throughout their final eight games, starting with the battle with a side in 15th place who've won only one of their last 12 matches.

Then the Blues head to Rotherham on Easter Monday in another must-win encounter, though for now, all eyes are on Friday's fixture with Wanderers hoping to repeat their efforts against Preston on their last weekend home game.

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Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from that 5-0 loss in September:

Team News
David Wheeler is in line for a return following injury, but Jordan Obita looks to remain on the sidelines.Daryl Horgan is available again after international duty.

Blackburn hope to have Adam Armstrong available again, and have reported no new injuries from their international players.

Wanderers will be in their regular home strip.

Man in the Middle
David Webb has shown 74 yellow and four red cards in his 30 matches in charge; he last oversaw a Wycombe fixture in January when he awarded a penalty to Brentford in a 7-2 defeat.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 1-0 Blackburn

A great Friday as the Chairboys secure a vital victory.

2 April 2021

Fred Onyedinma's second-half header from Joe Jacobson's clinched all three points for the Blues against Blackburn Rovers at Adams Park.

Fresh after the international break, Wycombe sought to keep their survival bid alive on a sunny Good Friday afternoon against Blackburn.

The hosts started brightly - an early corner and some good exchanges in the basking sun set the tone for the early stages. The only blot on an otherwise positive opening 20 minutes was an injury to central midfielder Dominic Gape, who was carried off on a stretcher after an innocuous coming together in the middle of the park. Denis Adeniran entered the fray to join Thompson in the holding midfield role.

The injury seemed to cause the momentum swing in favor of the visitors, Holtby stinging the palms of Stockdale with a low, rasping shot on the half hour mark before Trybull fired a free header over the bar from a dangerous corner.

The first 45 minutes fizzled out into a fairly uninspiring conclusion, Blackburn seeing more of the ball but the Chairboys restricting them to limited half-chances. Interestingly, Wycombe lined up with three at the back for the first time this season, the international break having given the gaffer and the squad the chance to tweak things tactically before the final run in. Although not a thrilling first half, the hosts seemed defensively sound and confident that with a bit more creativity up top we could get something from the game.

Just minutes into the second half, Wycombe found that magic spark to grab the first goal of the game. A lovely exchange between McCarthy and Muskwe eventually found Memheti in the box who earn a corner. From the resulting delivery, Fred Onyedinma lost his man to power home a bullet header, giving the Chairboys a 1-0 lead.

The goal initially gave Wycombe a new-found rhythm, although it didn’t take long for Blackburn to resume their possession-based approach as they searched for an equalizing goal.

In a rare Wycombe attack, Admiral Muskwe went to ground in the Blackburn penalty box, although the referee saw nothing in it. Blackburn continued to knock the ball about in the middle of the park and with full time approaching, upped the tempo in the final 10 minutes to try and turn the tide in their favour.

With the game reaching a nervy climax, Blackburn twice caused a ‘heart in mouth’ moment. First of all, a dangerous Blackburn cross went flying across the six-yard box, before Rothwell showed some nice footwork to get a shot away which was bravely blocked by a blue shirt. The Chairboys defence stood firm despite the late Blackburn surge, and all eyes were on the referee to blow the final whistle.

It finally came. Full time and Wycombe managed to secure a vital 1-0 win. A dogged performance and promising signs of a new shape for the final few games, the boys secured three vital points in their bid to ensure Championship survival.

After the agony of no Championship football during the international break, we’re back in action on Monday against Rotherham.

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