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Report: Wycombe 0-1 Rotherham

Blues fall to stoppage-time defeat on day one.

12 September 2020

In Wanderers' first-ever Championship game, Rotherham United, scored a late winner through Michael Ihiekwe as Wycombe created chances but failed to score at Adams Park.

The first half was limited to few very good chances, as early on, Daryl Horgan on his league debut hit a shot over the bar from yards out after Scott Kashket found the Irishman free. The next best chance fell to Darius Charles, as he hit the post inside the six-yard-box after a free-kick from set-piece king, Joe Jacobson.

In what was a quiet second half, the best chance Wycombe created fell to Kashket as he was found in behind again and managed to lob the ball over the Rotherham goalkeeper, but Wes Harding stopped the ball crossing the line.

As the game went into stoppage time, Rotherham won a late corner and Ihiekwe found the back of the net, with a header into the corner, winning all three points for the Yorkshire side.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men started the game well, as Scott Kashket was found in behind the Millers’ defence two minutes in, a theme that would follow throughout the rest of the match. He squared the ball to Wycombe’s league debutant Daryl Horgan, who could only put the ball over the bar from a few yards out.

Wycombe would come even closer after 33 minutes, as Scott Kashket was fouled on the left-hand side of the pitch. Jacobson lined up the free-kick and found Darius Charles, who could only hit the post from close range.  

The ball then fell to the edge of the area, where Alex Pattison made Rotherham keeper Jamal Blackman work, but it was a comfortable save in the end. 

Chances were at a premium during the early stages of the second half as David Wheeler’s cross was palmed away by the Rotherham shot-stopper.

With ten minutes left to play in the game, Kashket was found in behind again as he successfully looped the ball over the 6 foot 7 Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman. However, the ball would be blocked on the line by Wes Harding, as the Chairboys searched for a late winner.

The final moment, however, would come from Rotherham as captain Michael Ihiekwe headed the ball in, during the second minute of injury time, after a lofted corner in from Joe Mattock.

The Wanderers' next game is up against Blackburn, as the gaffer faces his hometown club in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 19th of September.

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