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Match Previews

Match Preview: Wycombe Wanderers

7 February 2020

We look ahead to this weekend's away clash with Wycombe Wanderers...

Rovers make the relatively short journey to Adams Park on Saturday, looking to put a postive result to kick start a busy week, which involves a trip to Tranmere followed by the visit of Blackpool to the Mem.

Below is all your pre-match content...

Manager's Preview: The Rovers Manager sat down with the press on Friday morning, to offer his preview on Saturday's trip. 

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Pre-Match: Ben Garner on Wycombe Wanderers

Players' Preview: Alfie Kilgour also spent some time talking to the press today, ahead of the trip to Wycombe.

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Pre-Match: Alfie Kilgour on Wycombe Wanderers

Opposition: Wycombe sit in 2nd place in the table heading into the weekend's fixtures, with the promotion and playoff places looking increasing tight as the season progresses. Over the last 10 games, Wycombe's consistent form that had them sitting pretty at the top the table has halted somewhat, with three wins from their last ten outings. Over that same period, Gareth Ainsworth's side have conceded four goals in a game on three occasions (against Sunderland, Coventry and Peterborough), but wins against the likes of Blackpool and Rochdale have ensured that they are in the heart of the pack chasing down an automatic promotion spot. A key part of Wycombe's form this season has been the form of former Rovers player, Joe Jacobson, who has totalled a healthy seven goals from his left-back berth this campaign and is a handy operator from set-piece scenarios. 

On the day: Wycombe Wanderers will be remembering the life of 13-year-old Oliver Darlington at the game on Saturday, who sadly lost died recently due to sepsis. There will be a minute's applause on the 11th minute (his shirt number for his local side), and we encourage all Rovers fans to join in.

Last Time We Met: The two sides played out a 0-0 draw back in the opening stages of the season. A Tom Davies goal-line clearance in the dying minutes of the game ensured the game ended goalless and the points shared. 

Tickets: This fixture is an ALL TICKET game, with tickets now off sale. 

How to Follow the Game: iFollow Gas will help you keep track of the action as it unfolds this season with a number of different packages available. Subscribers based in the UK can listen to live commentary as the action unfolds at The Mem - with an audio season pass priced at £45 or a monthly audio pass costing £4.49. A new package available in the one-match audio pass, which is priced at £2.50. If you are based outside the UK then you can purchase a match pass for £5 to watch the live match live. To browse the match pass packages, please click HERE.

Our twitter account will also be live-tweeting the game.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Bristol Rovers

8 February 2020

The Gas fell to defeat on the road as they failed to make their chances count...

There was a real festival-type vibe in the air as kick-off approached, with the distinct smell of barbeque smoke lingering, and the sun peeking out from behind the trees. Occasionally though, a chilly breeze would blow through Adams Park, to remind us all, it is still February.

As the sun went in, the festival of football remained, with an attacking display on show this Saturday. Four goals came inside the first half, three for the home side and one for the Gas. An attacking onslaught ensued from Rovers in the second - but they couldn't unlock the Wycombe back line to come back into the game.

Garner made three changes from the side that suffered defeat to Coventry City last weekend, with Mark Little, Abu Ogogo and Luke Leahy coming in for Tom Davies, Josh Ginnelly and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis. The deadline day signings of Cian Harries and James Daly didn't feature in the squad this afternoon, but Timmy Abraham made the bench, keeping the door open for his first Rovers appearance.

The first fraction of a chance came from captain Ollie Clarke just seven minutes in, as the midfielder burst through the centre of the park before striking low and hard. His shot ricochetted away from the claws of Ryan Allsop in the net, but he was able to gather on a second attempt, from the feet of Jayden Mitchell-Lawson.

However, moments later, the Chairboys responded up at the other end as they drove down the right flank. The home side reached the byline courtesy of a quick throw-in, before pulling back to an unmarked Adebayo Akinfenwa who stroked home from close range.

As the quarter of an hour mark approached, Clarke was once again the centre of Rovers pressure. He cut in from the right and appeared to go down under a challenge from Curtis Thompson, but the ref' waved away protests for a penalty.

A scrappy build-up from Wycombe just before the 20th minute resulted in a half chance for Alex Samuel, as the ball rebounded off heads from both sides before falling to the Chairboy who struck narrowly wide on the volley.

Once again, Rovers pressed, once again, Clarke was key. This time it was from lovely build-up, a showcase of what a Ben Garner side is capable of. A cross from Rodman was recycled patiently, with Upson dinking a neat ball through Wycombe legs to Jayden Mitchell-Lawson who pulled it back to his captain. With the ball bobbling, Clarke struck it wide to the left, shouting in frustration as his shot whistled past the post.

Wycombe retaliated again. The aerial bombardment they're so renowned for came into use. A deep free-kick picked out a home head, knocked back across to Alex Samuel. He tried the spectacular, attempting to hook it back across himself in the air, but it hit the back of a Rovers player and went out for a corner.

At this point, the most obvious analogy for this tie became unbelievably clear - we were witnessing a boxing match. Rovers punching, then Wycombe punching back. On the next attempt, the Gas dealt a big blow. Abu Ogogo battled for the ball, laying it out wide before seeing a pass rolled back across the edge of the area to Jayden Mitchell-Lawson. Here came an uppercut from the featherweight. He patiently jinked into space from the edge before unleashing a lightning left-footed snapshot into the top left. What a way to score your first Rovers goal.

Wycombe seemed dazed, with another blow surely putting them on the floor. It was JCH who was trying to provide the strike moments after the restart. He cut in from the left side, seemingly unmarked and smashed a strike on goal from the angle. It was a rocket, and the bar was left shaking as it clanged off the underside and somehow stayed out.

Eventually, the home side came to, with a long ball putting Alfie Kilgour under big pressure, he had to do something, and attempted to loop the ball over his own bar for a corner. It did, barely, giving the Gas fans behind the goal a scare as it narrowly missed the crossbar. From the following corner, Akinfenwa went close, miss-firing a header at the back post.

What a game this was growing into. The Gas responded again, with their own ball from deep, picking out Alex Rodman. The winger struck a first-time volley as the ball dipped over his shoulder, a 'Van Persie-esque' strike that narrowly missed the bar and went over, it would've been some goal.

With just over 5 minutes remaining, Wycombe struck themselves back into the lead, with an effort from the edge of the area rebounding back to Darius Charles who stroked it into the net from close range, a crucial blow as the half ticked towards it's conclusion.

Moments later, the Chairboys dealt what would prove to be a knockout blow. A crossfield ball found it's way through to Matt Bloomfield who seemed to dither with possession before darting towards the byline on the left side of the box. It seemed a sharp angle for an effort, but he found the bottom left corner well, slotting past Blackman to make it 3-1.

With the break approaching, Wycombe cut through again amidst claims for offside as Samuel burst past Alfie Kilgour. The young defender stayed with his man though as he drove towards goal, but it was a strong challenge from Tony Craig that would divert the ball from Samuel into the path of Blackman. The talismanic reacted as you'd expect, with a bellow to his fellow defenders.

Eventually, half time came, a chance for the players to catch their breath, a chance for the viewers to do the same.

The second half started as the first began, with action. Neat link-up play between JCH and Alex Rodman set the latter through on the right. He delivered a superb whipped delivery to the back stick where Jayden Mitchell-Lawson was waiting, but he couldn't grab his second, sending a header wide of the far post.

Just as the hour mark passed, Abu Ogogo was on the end of something almost extraordinary. Upson recycled a corner kick into the box, looping towards the battling midfielder. Facing away from goal, he attempted an acrobatic strike, twisting and seeing his shot bounce just wide.

Moments later JML was set through on the left, using his blistering pace to turn his man and head goalwards. He went down under a clash between himself, the recovering defender, and Allsop in the net, but the ref' elected to give a corner. The action wasn't done there, as Ed Upson whipped in a delivery finding the head of JCH, who saw his goalbound flick headed up and over the bar just inches away from the line.

With 20 to go, JCH had a superb opportunity, from a similar angle to his strike against Coventry City. He chased down on the left, seeing a mixup between the defenders in front of him flick the ball into his path. He struck from the angle first time and saw a crucial deflection take the ball just wide.

With over a quarter of an hour left, Garner rolled the dice, throwing Timmy Abraham and Josh Ginnelly on for Ed Upson and Alex Rodman. A change of tack.

With five to go, and the Gas looking for something different, Josh Barrett came on in place of goalscorer Jayden Mitchell-Lawson.

Late on, Joe Jacobson sent a left-footed free-kick past the left post, Wycombe's first real chance of the second half - but their first-half blows being enough to see them through to the three big points.

Rovers will look to the midweek trip to Tranmere to get back to winning ways.

Teams:

Wycombe Wanderers: Ryan Allsop (G), Joe Jacobson, Dominic Grape, Anthony Stewart, David Wheeler, Matt Bloomfield (C), Curtis Thompson (Nnamdi Ofoborh, 89'), Adebayo Akinfenwa (Paul Smyth, 68'), Darius Charles, Alex Samuel, James McCarthy.

Subs: David Stockdale (G), Sido Jombati, Alex Pattison, Paul Smyth, Nick Freeman, Fred Onyedinma, Nnamdi Ofoborh.

Rovers: Jamal Blackman (G), Mark Little, Abu Ogogo, Tony Craig, Ed Upson (Timmy Abraham 73'), Ollie Clarke (C), Jonson Clarke-Harris, Luke Leahy, Alfie Kilgour, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (Josh Barrett 85'), Alex Rodman (Josh Ginnelly 73').

Subs: Jordi van Stappershoef (G), Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Josh Ginnelly, Rollin Menayese, Timmy Abraham, Cameron Hargreaves, Josh Barrett.

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Ticket News

Ticket Update: Wycombe Wanderers

3 February 2020

Tickets for our Sky Bet League One fixture at Adams Park are now on general sale.

The fixture on Saturday, 8th February (3pm KO) is an ALL TICKET game.

Tickets are available at the prices shown below:

Adult £21
60+ £18
19-25 £16
Under 18's £10
Under 12's Free of Charge

For disabled tickets, please visit the Club store to enquire.

To purchase online, please follow the below steps...

- Head to Desktop MyTickets page by clicking HERE
- Log into your account using the email address & password associated with the Season Ticket
- Click on the Buy Tickets from the menu options across the top of the screen
- Chose the option for Away Matches – Priority Sale. This option will only be visible to 2019/20 Season Ticket holders
- Chose the relevant match and commence the sales process
 
Online tickets will be available up until midday on Wednesday, 6th February. 
 
Advance tickets will go off sale at 11am on Friday, 7th February. 

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