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Doncaster Rovers 2
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 29th October 2016
Football League Two
Matt Bloomfield scored twice as Wanderers dug out a 2-2 draw in their first ever visit to Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium. Bloomfield improvised an overhead kick to put Wycombe into the lead on 19 minutes but the home side responded with two goals to lead at the break. However, Wycombe pressed in the second-half and were rewarded on 78 minutes when Bloomfield took advantage of a fumble from home 'keeper Ross Etheridge to tap home. Paris Cowan-Hall then went close to snatching all three points with a stoppage time header that went narrowly wide. Wanderers remain in 21st spot in the table but are now just a point clear of the relegation zone currently occupied by Leyton Orient and Newport County.
Team news saw Paul Hayes return to the starting XI having missed the home defeat to Barnet with a training injury - he replaced Garry Thompson who was dropped to the bench. Elsewhere, Matt Bloomfield returned in midfield in favour Adebayo Akinfenwa. There was also a welcome return for Luke O'Nein who had missed out through injury since the opening day of the 2016/17 campaign - he replaced Nick Freeman who didn't make the bench. There was also a surprise change with Will De Havilland coming into the centre of defence in preference to Anthony Stewart. Myles Weston was missing due to his one suspension for his red card versus Barnet seven days previous.
The opening goal on 19 minutes came after Joe Jacobson's cross from deep on the left was flapped to the ground by Etheridge in the Rovers goal, Bloomfield cleverly kicking the ball overhead into the goal while lying back to goal on the edge of the six yard box. Rovers equalised ten minutes later with a break down the right wing - James Coppinger sweeping the ball low into the Wycombe box for Tommy Rowe to slide in and convert before Blackman could reach the ball. The home side then took the lead five minutes before break when John Marquis waltzed through the entire Wycombe defence, before finally wrong footing Blackman and tucking the ball home.
But Wycombe would not be beaten and equalised with just over 20 minutes of the game remaining, Cowan-Hall's shot from the edge of the box being too hot for Etheridge to hold and Bloomfield was first on hand to slide the ball home.
Full-time - Doncaster 2 Wycombe 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "That was a great contest. I asked for a reaction at half-time & got one. Not many teams will come here & get a point. It was a fantastic goal by Marquis. Coppinger is above this level. But second-half we matched them."
Meanwhile, Matt Bloomfield spoke about his first brace in professional football, saying: "Funnily enough, I was saying to my dad in the car home on Thursday after training that it would be nice if I could get a couple of goals which would be tap-ins. It's funny how it happened today. I reacted to it twice and managed to get the ball in. Personally, I am delighted, but it was more important to get a point away from home. We always believe we can mix it with the better teams in the league and we did that today."
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