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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
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