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Report: Doncaster 2-2 Wycombe

29 October 2016

Report: Doncaster 2-2 Wycombe

Matt Bloomfield struck twice to earn the Chairboys a point in their first ever visit to the Keepmoat Stadium.

The midfielder opened and closed the scoring with Tommy Rowe and John Marquis turning the game on its head in the first half, only to see the Blues fight back to earn a share of the spoils.

Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to his side in an attempt to turn the tide in terms of their away form, bringing in Will De Havilland for Anthony Stewart in defence while Luke O’Nien and Matt Bloomfield came into the midfield and Paul Hayes returned from injury to lead the attack.

Rovers’ fluid attacking formation looked capable of causing problems from the off, but Wycombe to their credit also looked inventive with Bloomfield running from deep to join the frontline, whilst Paris Cowan-Hall saw plenty of the ball in wide areas.

It was he who created an early chance for Paul Hayes, who glanced a header into the arms of the keeper, before Niall Mason drilled wide for Rovers when James Coppinger’s low cross was cleared out to him.

Coppinger then missed a glorious chance to open the scoring, stabbing wide at the back post after John Marquis had turned Matty Blair’s cross into his path.

But the opening goal came at the other end courtesy of Matt Bloomfield, who netted his third goal of the season with a stylish finish after pressuring the keeper into dropping the ball. Joe Jacobson crossed superbly from the byline and Ross Etheridge couldn’t hold on to it, allowing Bloomfield to convert with a clever overhead kick in front of the away fans.

Cowan-Hall then tested Etheridge’s handling with a shot from distance before the equaliser came courtesy of a quick break down the right wing, with Coppinger remaining onside to collect a pass and sliding the ball across the area for Tommy Rowe to tap home easily.

Rowe almost had a second when he danced through the defence before being denied by a last-ditch tackle from O’Nien, but the visitors had no answer for John Marquis who put Rovers ahead at the end of another quick break, twisting and turning away from his challengers before firing home.

It could have got worse when Aaron Pierre was forced to head off his own goal-line from a dinked cross from the left, and Wanderers in the end were probably relieved to hear the half-time whistle after being constantly tested by the hosts’ attacking potency.

Both Tommy Rowe and Danny Rowe were withdrawn at half-time having sustained knocks in the first period, with Alfie Beestin and Adebayo Akinfenwa entering the fray.

The introduction of the ‘Beast’ instigated a real change in the Blues’ attacking strengths, and enabled Luke O’Nien and Dominic Gape to get a better hold of the game in midfield, while Cowan-Hall ran himself into the ground down the left.

Akinfenwa was a real threat in the box with the Doncaster defence seemingly unsure how to deal with him, but Rovers retained a threat on the break and came close to stretching their lead when Coppinger cut inside but his shot was saved by Blackman.

Cowan-Hall’s effort was then deflected over and Akinfenwa’s overhead kick was straightforward for Ross Etheridge, but gradually the Blues could sense an equaliser was achievable and kept asking questions of the Doncaster backline.

Paul Hayes nodded Joe Jacobson’s free-kick over the bar before Bloomfield grabbed his second of the game, being the quickest to react after Etheridge spilled Cowan-Hall’s low shot back into the danger zone and tucking home to level it at 2-2.

Akinfenwa then fired over and Michael Harriman’s free-kick was held by Etheridge, before a glorious chance to snatch all three points arrived in stoppage time when Akinfenwa flicked on Jacobson’s long throw only for Cowan-Hall’s header to fly narrowly wide.

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