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Report: Wycombe 3-1 Bristol Rovers

First-half blitz secures another home

8 February 2020

The Chairboys made the home advantage count as they made it back-to-back home wins at Adams Park with a 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers.

It was the home side that made the brighter of starts under the sunshine at Adams Park; birthday boy Matt Bloomfield whipped a free kick into the area and the ball somehow bounced towards the goal but it fell just wide of the far post.

The positive start was put to use on the stroke of the tenth minute; Adebayo Akinfenwa steered the ball coolly past Blackman in the visitors' goal to put the home side ahead.

However, the equaliser came just before the half hour mark when Jayden Mitchell-Lawson finished from 20-yards to level things up for the Gas.

With gained confidence after levelling the score, the Gas came close to doubling their advantage. Alex Rodman hit an effort from close range but he saw the ball fly over the crossbar.

Despite the away side’s best efforts, Gareth Ainsworth’s men found a way ahead through Darius Charles. It came from an initial shot that was hit on the volley by Joe Jacobson with Jamal Blackman standing firm to the danger but he was unaware of Darius Charles who was ready to tap the ball past the helpless Rovers goalkeeper.

The first half scoring didn’t stop there, and Bloomfield put himself on the scoresheet just before the interval as he stroked the ball home giving the home side a more comfortable lead in the game.

There was less tempo in the opening stages to the second period compared to the first, however, chances were created for both teams, but neither were able to put the ball away. The visitors' half-time team talk had certainly made an impact. David Wheeler showcased his defensive skills a number of times in front of the travelling fans, the first occasion putting off Mitchell-Lawson in front of goal and going onto prevent the danger once again by blocking a shot from the boot of a Rovers man.

Rovers remained hopeful to pull a goal back; striker Jonson Clarke-Harris was alert to a loose ball and danced his way through the Wycombe defence before dragging a shot just wide of the far post.

Composed defending from Antony Stewart prevented the ball falling nicely for a Rovers frontman and that summed up a confident performance at the back from Wycombe.


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