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Saturday 1st April 2006
Football League 'League Two'
Charlie Griffin saw an early chance hit the postWanderers crashed to a third straight League defeat, going down 3-1 at home to Bristol Rovers at Adams Park and are now four points from the automatic promotion spots.
Team news saw Charlie Griffin return to the starting line-up in favour of Ian Stonebridge, while Joe Burnell came back into midfield after Dean Bowditch returned in the week to Ipswich Town. Stefan Oakes continued at left back in favour of Clint Easton. Rob Lee was playing his 700th League game as he retained his place in the middle of the park.
It was Griffin who came close to opening the scoring in the 2nd minute when his angled shot struck the upright. However, in an open game, it was Junior Agogo who put the visitors ahead in the 30th minute when his shot from the left side of the penalty cannoned in off the post after Mike Williamson misjudged a cross in from the Rovers right. Agogo nearly grabbed a second on 38 minutes from a similar position but this time the Wanderers defence managed to get between ball and goal.
A day of frustration for Wanderers against Bristol Rovers - Matt Bloomfield and Roger Johnson protest that a Wycombe shot had crossed the line shortly before the breakA Matt Bloomfield shot from the edge of the penalty area on the 45 minute mark brought the most controversial moment of the day when Rovers 'keeper Scott Shearer momentarily lost grip of the ball and had to scoop it away as it came close to crossing the line. Wanderers' protests fell on deaf ears and the day got worst for John Gorman's side when Mike Williamson fouled Craig Disley in the box on 53 minutes and former Wanderer Richard Walker tucked away the resulting penalty.
Former Wanderer loanee Richard Walker celebrates another goal against WycombeWanderers simply didn't respond and Talia had to save from Disley on 65 minutes to keep the score to 2-0 and five minutes later an offside flag ruled out an Igoe tap-in. However, Agogo added a third on 74 minutes from a break-away before there was minimal consolation for Wycombe when substitute Jermaine Easter got his Wanderers account underway with scrambled goal with nine minutes remaining. But there was nothing left in Wycombe's tank to prompt a dramatic comeback.
The result left Rovers in with an outside chance of sneaking into the play-off places and with a record of taking maximum points at six of the top eight clubs, with victories at Carlisle, Grimsby, Leyton Orient, Cheltenham and Peterborough coming before their success at Adams Park. For Wycombe it will be back to the training ground to prepare for succesive away trips to Macclesfield Town and Chester City where positive results will be crucial to prevent the season from turning completely sour.
Final Score - Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 3
John Gorman Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio after the game John Gorman bemoaned the lack of good luck in the opening stages when Charlie Griffin hit the post and later in the game when claims for a Matt Bloomfield goal were waved away. But the Wycombe boss praised the opposition for not sitting back after going two goals up, adding, "Credit to them, on the day, I thought they were the better side.". Gorman said his side has deseparately wanted to win the game and concluded, "It is frustrating but we definetly have to get things right and we've just to work on things and turn it around. It is very unsual for us to lose three on the trot. Everything has happened. At the minute it has not been a good life for me and it's not happening on the football pitch."
Meanwhile, Rovers coach Paul Trollope said to the Rovers official website, "Both sides showed they were going to go for it, you could see that from Wycombe when they hit the post after a couple of minutes, and they continued to produce a lot of attacking play all match." Commenting about Wycombe's claim for a goal shortly before half-time, Trollope added, "I think the ball moved in the wind, and it slipped through Scotty's hands. It was difficult to see whether it was in or not, but obviously they (Wycombe) will complain about it, but I would be complaining that it wasn't a free-kick in the first place."
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Oakes, Johnson, Williamson, Lee (sub 61 Easton), Betsy, Burnell (sub 75 Easter), Bloomfield (sub 84 Martin), Griffin, Mooney - subs not used: Williams, Stonebridge
Bookings: Johnson (36 dissent), Bloomfield (40 foul)
Scorers: Easter (81)
Bristol Rovers: Shearer, Hinton, Elliott, Haldane (sub 89 Gibb), Lescott, Carruthers (sub 62 Edwards), Disley, Hunt, Igoe (sub 87 Campbell), Agogo, Walker - subs not used: Horsell, Lines
Bookings: Hunt (foul 71), Haldane (foul 86)
Scorers: Agogo (32, 74), Walker (53, pen)
Referee: Mr R Lewis Attendance: 6,355 (away end 960)
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