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It's a disaster for the Blues

It's a disaster for the Blues


Wycombe Wanderers 1 Bristol Rovers 2

The Chairboys finally hit the relegation zone with a catastrophic defeat at home to Rovers. It's been coming for months.

Gareth Ainsworth's side were in a play-off place after twelve games but have collected only five wins in their last thirty-three outings.

It's been a gradual but steady and predictable decline, and it now looks like 21 years of League football is about to come to an end.

Survival is only possible if the Blues win at Torquay next Saturday and either Northampton or Bristol Rovers lose at home.

The Cobblers host Oxford and Rovers entertain Mansfield. Neither the Us nor the Stags have anything left to play for and both lost at home today.

Today's crunch match at Adams Park was an untidy scrap with few highlights from either side.

The first chance of the game fell to Rovers after seven minutes but a superb block from Anthony Stewart saved the day.

The opening goal arrived four minutes later and it was the visitors who drew first blood.

The referee felt Matt Bloomfield handled the ball just outside the Wycombe penalty area and Lee Brown curled home the resulting free-kick.

There was almost an immediate response when Bloomfield broke clear a few minutes later but the midfielder was paralysed by indecision and the opportunity was lost.

The Blues were pressing now, and next to have a go was Sam Wood whose fierce shot was deflected behind for a corner.

The corner came to nothing, but Rovers didn't clear the danger and a whipped cross from Wood was acrobatically turned home by Matt McClure to make it 1-1 after only 20 minutes.

The only other attempt on goal during the first half came from Blues' defender Anthony Stewart who poked a shot well wide of the target.

The second-half featured no shots on target from Wycombe.

There were goalmouth scrambles at both ends just before the hour mark, but in both cases the offside flag was raised.

Wanderers' best efforts were a shot from McClure that flew wide and a glancing header from Steven Craig that cleared the bar.

Rovers posed no threat in the second half until they scored the winner after 76 minutes.

A cross from the left was headed back into his own area by McClure and there was Dave Clarkson to knock it home from point blank range.

The remainder of the game was a huge disappointment given what was at stake. But as so often this season, Wycombe had nothing to offer and nothing left in the tank.

Line up & ratings
Ingram (6), Rowe (6), Pierre (7), Stewart (7), Wood (6), Kretzschmar (5) (Morias 83 (n/a)), Scowen (5), Lewis (5), Bloomfield (4), Craig (4) (Styche 83 (n/a)), McClure (5)

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Writer:Len
Date:Saturday April 26 2014
Time: 8:09PM

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