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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Bristol Rovers 0
Saturday 27th February 2016
Football League Two
A Luke O'Nein header five minutes from time was enough to see off Bristol Rovers at Adams Park and lift Wanderers back into the play-off places. The only goal of the game came after Joe Jacobson's long distance free-kick saw O'Nein rise highest to nod the ball home.
The result came on a day when news was revealed that Paris Cowan-Hall was expected to miss the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage. The Millwall loanee had appeared on loan for Rovers earlier in the season and was looking to be a key figure in Wanderers' promotion ambitions. Elsewhere, Aaron Pierre also remained out injured while Garry Thompson was serving the final game of his three match suspension. As Gareth Ainsworth re-jigged his team, Matt Bloomfield and Max Kretzschmar were favoured in the starting XI to Sido Jombati and Sam Wood while Michael Harriman was used again in a more defensive role.
The winning goal came following a foul on Wood by James Clarke a few yards into the Rovers half. Jacobson's flighted ball into the Rovers box was met by O'Nien's head at around the penalty spot mark and their was enough direction on the contact to send the ball into the left corner of the Valley End net and prompt the celebrations on the Wycombe camp.
It's now on to 12th placed Cambridge United (five points behind Wanderers) on Tuesday evening amongst a full programme of League Two fixtures.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I really thought the best team won today. It is ironic that the game was settled by a set piece because there was some great football played out there by Wycombe. I thought we dominated the first half, caused chaos for the Bristol defence and were really unlucky not to score. I am really pleased with the team and we worked hard this week. I must mention my coaching staff Richard Dobson and Barry Richardson and I am a lucky guy to have a great team behind me."
The Wycombe boss added: "Our fans were outstanding and I made a point of going up to them at full-time. 1,600 people came up from Bristol and that got the place going. The lads on the pitch more than matched them today and I thought our fans were outstanding and really got behind the team."
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