Wycombe Wanderers 0
Bristol Rovers 1
Tuesday 27th March 2007
Football League Two

Wanderers dropped out of the play-off places following a 1-0 home defeat to Bristol Rovers. It was also the fourth game running that Wycombe had failed to score.

Team news versus Rovers saw Paul Lambert give Chelsea loanee Adrian Pettigrew a first start in a back three alongside Sam Stockley and Leon Crooks, with Scott Golbourne and Russell Martin in the wing-back roles. Elsewhere, Sergio Torres had recovered from a thigh injury sufficiently to take his place on the bench, meaning Lionel Ainsworth was left out the squad completely.

The visitors went close early on with Lewis Haldane firing into the side netting from an acute angle and they scored the crucial goal on 15 minutes when Stuart Campbell’s whipped in corner was met by Steve Elliott, who rose above 'keeper Jamie Young to power home a header from six yards.

Wanderers struggled to create up front - Russell Martin scuffing a cross on 37 minutes to the frustration of the waiting Wycombe forward line. However, Wycombe could have levelled just before the interval - Matt Bloomfield picking out Tommy Mooney at the far post where his cut-back found Scott McGleish unmarked in the centre of goal, but his snap shot went wide of the post.

Lambert introduced Chris Palmer at the start of the second-half for Pettigrew as he reverted to 4-4-2 formation. Palmer twice went close to an equaliser for Wanderers - first a free-kick forcing Rovers' keeper Steve Phillips to scramble a save, then seeing Phillips tip over following Tommy Doherty's free-kick.

There was more hope when Matthew Barnes-Homer and then Torres were introduced for the final 15 minutes but Wanderers continued to fire blanks.

Final Score - Wycombe 0 Bristol Rovers 1
Wycombe: Young, Martin, Golbourne, Stockley, Crooks, Pettigrew (sub HT Palmer), Doherty, Grant (sub 74 Torres), Bloomfield, McGleish (sub 67 Barnes-Homer), Mooney
Scorers: none
Bookings: Mooney, Doherty
Bristol Rovers: Phillips, Lescott, Hinton, Elliott, Carruthers, Haldane (sub 84 Rigg), Disley, Campbell, Igoe, Lambert (sub 90 Sandell), Walker (sub 76 Jacobson)
Scorers: Elliott 15
Bookings: Walker, Haldane
Referee: Mr A Wiley Attendance: 4,299 (322 away)
Speaking after the game, Wycombe Manager Paul Lambert tried to put a positive spin on the result, saying that slipping out the play-off places would take pressure off his team: "It can take the pressure off us a bit because we’ve always been there or there abouts. “Maybe knowing we have to actually catch the teams above us might work in our favour, maybe not" But he added that on the back of a four-game winless run, there was little he could do to change things: "We’ve not got a big enough squad to change things much. We’ve lost two major players in Mike [Williamson] and Will [Antwi] and Stephen O’Halloran going back [to Aston Villa] was a loss. Sergio [Torres] has been out a long time and Kevin [Betsy] has gone to Bristol. That’s five players from the team that played at Chelsea. That’s a big, big chunk of your team. But you just have to keep going and hope the lads that come in do equally as well."

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