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Big preview: Bristol Rovers

25 April 2014

Wanderers welcome Bristol Rovers to Adams Park tomorrow for a crucial clash at the foot of the League 2 table.

Just goal difference separates the sides, but Blues won the earlier meeting between the sides 1-0 thanks to Max Kretzschmar’s second-half strike.

Rovers go into the game on the back of a run of one win in 10. Last time out they took the lead in the first half against promotion-chasing Rochdale, but couldn’t hold on as they suffered a 2-1 setback.

Boss Darrell Clarke looks set to call on former Chairboy Matt Harrold to lead the line once again, while 15-goal top scorer John Joe O’Toole will provide the goal threat from midfield.

Gareth Ainsworth – talking to Chairboys Player

“We said Northampton is biggest game and again this one is going to be the biggest game. We go on to next week with Torquay away, is that going to be the biggest game?

“We can never say and I want these big games to end now, we have the control to do that tomorrow!

“Any game at the end of the season, if you are going for the top or bottom, is going to be big. The lads have to play free and with no pressure. They have to get out there and play how I know they can play and how I have seen them in training.

“The team spirit is excellent here and always has been and that is something I am very proud of. If we can keep that and put all the components together I can’t see why we won’t get the win.”

Darrell Clarke – talking to Rovers’ official website

“The importance of the game is there for all to see, but it is importance the players get their minds focused the right way. We are trying our best to retain League 2 status.

“This is a massive game, but it is about striking a balance and not bigging it up too early, especially to my players.

“Wycombe are fighting for their lives like ourselves, but I think form goes out the window with games like this.

“We just have to take care of our own business. We cannot worry about what Wycombe are going through, or about other results, we have to look after ourselves.” 

Team news

Gary Doherty (arm) and Jon-Paul Pittman (quad) are definitely out, but Ainsworth remained tight-lipped about the squad’s other injury doubts, saying: “There are one or two back and there are one or two that will miss out.

“We will pick the strongest team we can, get out there and do the business. I am still waiting on a couple of results for people but we will put the strongest Wycombe team we can out there against Bristol Rovers.”

Rovers could again be without Danny Woodards (hamstring), Steven Gillespie (hamstring) and Chris Beardsley (knee), while right-back Michael Smith (thigh) is an even bigger doubt.

Odds

Wycombe – 7/5
Draw – 9/4
Bristol Rovers – 19/10

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