Wycombe player-manger Gareth Ainsworth came off the bench to give his side victory over fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers.

The hosts took the lead when Joel Grant fired past Pirates keeper Sam Walker.

David Clarkson should have equalised for the visitors but he headed over from Michael Smith's inviting cross.

Ainsworth won it with a diving header before Rovers defender Michael Lund was sent off in the final minute for a foul on Stuart Lewis.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I've said to the boys that the supporters we have here will already be on the forums and tweeting, doing all the stuff they do, and they'll be questioning the team, me and Shaun (assistant Shaun North) and our relationship with the team.

"The players are going to have to face that. They're going to have to have the bottle to go out there next week and go again.

"They're going to have to go there and go some way to putting today to bed."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Wycombe

  • 36 Archer
  • 05 Winfield
  • 06 Johnson
  • 18 Dunne
  • 08 Lewis Booked
  • 11 Wood
  • 12 Andrade
  • 17 Grant (Ainsworth - 46' )
  • 28 Scowen Booked
  • 20 Morgan
  • 29 McClure (Adebayo Azeez - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Harrison
  • 19 McCoy
  • 07 Ainsworth
  • 26 Kewley-Graham
  • 15 Oli
  • 32 Morias
  • 38 Adebayo Azeez

Bristol Rovers

  • 28 Walker
  • 02 Smith Booked (Riordan - 63' )
  • 04 Woodards Booked (Clucas - 72' )
  • 05 Kenneth
  • 06 Parks
  • 34 Branston
  • 03 Paterson
  • 08 Gill (Norburn - 58' )
  • 26 Lund Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 32 Eaves

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough
  • 11 Broghammer
  • 14 Brown
  • 15 Norburn
  • 25 Clucas
  • 18 Harding
  • 27 Riordan
Ref: Coote
Att: 3,740

Match Stats

Shots

9 4

On target

4 2

Corners

4 6

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:59 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:34 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee red cards Matthew Lund for second bookable offence.

90:00 +2:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Lund on Stuart Lewis. Free kick taken by Sam Wood.

90:00 +0:23

Unfair challenge on Sam Wood by Oliver Norburn results in a free kick. Jordan Archer restarts play with the free kick.

89:40 Booking

Booking Stuart Lewis receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

89:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim Paterson by Stuart Lewis. Free kick taken by Jim Paterson.

87:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tom Eaves. Free kick taken by Jordan Archer.

87:04

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Eaves. Sam Wood restarts play with the free kick.

85:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adebayo Azeez on Guy Branston. Guy Branston restarts play with the free kick.

82:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bruno Andrade by Matthew Lund. Strike on goal comes in from Dean Morgan from the free kick, save by Sam Walker.

81:51

Adebayo Azeez takes a shot. Sam Walker makes a save.

80:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Parkes on Bruno Andrade. Josh Scowen restarts play with the free kick.

78:30

The ball is swung over by Tom Eaves, save made by Jordan Archer.

76:02 Substitution

Substitution Adebayo Azeez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matt McClure.

73:08

Inswinging corner taken by Josh Scowen from the left by-line played to the near post.

71:05 Substitution

Substitution Seanan Clucas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Woodards.

69:45

A cross is delivered by Bruno Andrade, Guy Branston makes a clearance.

65:49

Tom Parkes fouled by Josh Scowen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jim Paterson.

65:25

Charles Dunne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

64:16

The official flags Tom Eaves offside. Jordan Archer takes the free kick.

63:29

Dean Morgan is ruled offside. Garry Kenneth takes the indirect free kick.

62:16 Substitution

Substitution Michael Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Derek Riordan.

57:48 Substitution

Substitution Matt Gill leaves the field to be replaced by Oliver Norburn.

54:52 Booking

Booking Josh Scowen is shown a yellow card.

54:15

Assist on the goal came from Sam Wood.

54:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Ainsworth - Wycombe 2 - 0 Bristol R Gareth Ainsworth finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Wycombe 2-0 Bristol Rovers.

54:06

Sam Wood delivers the ball,

52:56

Jim Paterson takes the inswinging corner, Shot from inside the area by Garry Kenneth clears the bar.

51:40

Stuart Lewis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim Paterson. Jim Paterson restarts play with the free kick.

50:58

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jim Paterson, Jordan Archer makes a save.

49:37

Stuart Lewis concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Gill. Free kick taken by Jim Paterson.

49:05

Gareth Ainsworth challenges Jim Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jim Paterson.

47:42

The ball is sent over by David Clarkson, Charles Dunne makes a clearance.

46:47

Outswinging corner taken by Jim Paterson from the left by-line played to the near post, Dave Winfield manages to make a clearance.

46:19

A cross is delivered by Jim Paterson, clearance by Leon Johnson.

45:16 Substitution

Substitution Joel Grant leaves the field to be replaced by Gareth Ainsworth.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:40 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:29

Tom Eaves concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Johnson. Sam Wood takes the free kick.

42:58

Matt Gill challenges Matt McClure unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Morgan produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Josh Scowen, Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.

40:04

Dean Morgan crosses the ball, Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.

38:28

Free kick taken by Dean Morgan.

38:28 Booking

Booking Matthew Lund is booked.

38:12 Booking

Booking Booking for Michael Smith for unsporting behaviour.

37:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Smith on Joel Grant.

36:14

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tom Eaves. Free kick taken by Jordan Archer.

35:17

Matthew Lund has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left. Dean Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Gill. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.

33:53

Tom Eaves concedes a free kick for a foul on Dave Winfield. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Archer.

30:20

Outswinging corner taken by Josh Scowen, Joel Grant takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

28:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Scowen on David Clarkson. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.

26:19

Tom Parkes takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

25:04

Dave Winfield concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Eaves. Tom Parkes takes the free kick.

24:18

Free kick taken by Josh Scowen.

24:18 Booking

Booking Danny Woodards booked for unsporting behaviour.

24:07

Danny Woodards concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Scowen.

22:26

Corner from right by-line taken by Matt Gill. Corner taken right-footed by Matt Gill, save by Jordan Archer.

21:49

Unfair challenge on Garry Kenneth by Dean Morgan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Walker.

20:55

Michael Smith takes a shot. Save by Jordan Archer.

19:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Lund on Matt McClure. Sam Wood restarts play with the free kick.

18:57

The offside flag is raised against Dean Morgan. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.

18:15

Matt Gill takes a shot. Save by Jordan Archer.

17:37

Matthew Lund fouled by Sam Wood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Gill.

16:25

Dean Morgan has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

15:08

Foul by Matt Gill on Stuart Lewis, free kick awarded. Josh Scowen restarts play with the free kick. Joel Grant takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.

12:30

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Scowen, Dean Morgan delivers the ball.

10:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Joel Grant - Wycombe 1 - 0 Bristol R Joel Grant grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wycombe 1-0 Bristol Rovers.

7:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against Matt McClure. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Kenneth. Matt Gill fouled by Charles Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Paterson restarts play with the free kick.

6:04

Long range effort by Matt McClure goes wide right of the target.

3:17

Centre by Dean Morgan, save made by Sam Walker.

0:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Clarkson on Dave Winfield. Sam Wood takes the free kick. Dave Winfield gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim Paterson. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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