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Report: Doncaster 3-1 Wycombe

Akinfenwa's record-breaking goal not enough to prevent defeat in South Yorkshire.

29 February 2020

A 3-1 defeat on the road against Doncaster Rovers came in the game that Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his record-breaking goal in a Wycombe shirt during the English Football League (EFL) era.

Niall Ennis opened the scoring for the hosts and, although Akinfenwa drilled home his 54th goal for the Blues - taking him above Nathan Tyson into top spot - Wanderers fell to defeat when Kieran Sadlier tapped home and Jason McCarthy diverted a cross into his own net.

The travelling Chairboys began the game with plenty of intent on the attack. The first chance fell to Alex Samuel. Going down under a challenge made by a Rovers player, the resulting free-kick was whipped into the area by Jason McCarthy with Samuel attempting a bicycle kick from close range but the ball evaded his boots.

As the 15-minute mark approached, the same duo threatened again. This time, McCarthy’s low cross from the right found Samuel in front of goal and able to brush the ball at Seny Deing in the Rovers net.

Moments later, Paul Smyth got in the act as he looked to put the Wanderers ahead. The ball fell kindly to the midfielder in space, he struck the ball twice at Dieng between the sticks but couldn’t find a way past the keeper.

The home side spent little time inside the Chairboys half in the opening half an hour, however, a chance fell their way in the shape of a free-kick on the right of the box. The set piece was delivered low into the row of attacking Rovers men in front of goal, Devante Cole was looking to make a clinical connection but the ball eventually rolled into the palms of Ryan Allsop.

Struggling to find their rhythm in the game, the ball fell to Cole once again on the edge of the area allowing him to twist and turn and set himself up for a shot but unable to do the latter allowed the Wycombe defence to clear the danger.

Despite the Chairboys' best defensive efforts, on the stroke of half time the home side found a breakthrough. The ball found the feet of Niall Ennis in front of goal who tapped the ball past Ryan Allsop to give Rovers the advantage. 

Rovers began the second period with pace going forward, setting up a brilliant opportunity for Jacob Ramsey to slot the ball beyond Allsop but he couldn't t find a clean connection and the chance was gone.

The home side continued to press for a second goal. The ball found the head of Tom Anderson in a good area but his loss of balance allowed David Wheeler to read the movement of the ball and hook it clear of danger.

However, the Chairboys managed to find an equaliser on the 67th minute. Adebayo Akinfenwa made an impact from the bench to finish the ball coolly past the Rover’s keeper and become the Chairboys all-time leading scorer in the EFL era.

This lead wasn’t to last long. Ben Whiteman whipped a free-kick towards the back post where Kieran Sadlier was left unmarked to fire into the bottom corner and allow Rovers to regain the advantage.

Rovers added to their lead inside the last ten minutes of normal time. Substitute Jason Lokilo delivered a cross into the area and the ball was diverted into the back of the net by a McCarthy.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men now have a week away from the action before making the journey North to Burton Albion in two weeks’ time.

 


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