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Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Bristol Rovers

David Clarkson

David Clarkson's late winner moved Bristol Rovers close to League Two safety to leave Wycombe Wanderers slipping into the relegation zone.

Lee Brown curled in a free-kick to put Rovers in front before Matt McClure's superb back-flicked volley made it 1-1.

McClure put a good chance wide and then was at fault at the other end, guiding a cross into the path of Clarkson, who finished from close range.

Northampton's win over Dagenham means Wycombe are three points from safety.

They will have to win at bottom side Torquay, who were relegated on Saturday, and hope that either Rovers or the Cobblers lose on the final day of the season.

Darrell Clarke's Pirates will need just a point at home to Mansfield to preserve their Football League status, while Northampton host Oxford.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Everything's gone against us today. It's a bad situation. It's a really down atmosphere. But I've got to pick them up, I've got to turn this around and get a result at Torquay next week."

Gareth Ainsworth

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Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth on Bristol Rovers loss

"I didn't think there were many chances. We had the majority, but as has been the case this season we struggled to stick the ball in the back of the net. We were on top. We were in control of the game.

"They only had one chance in the second half, I was happy with the way we were playing, just a little bit more quality around the box would have been better."

Darrell Clarke

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers' Clarke

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We know there's still work to be done. Obviously we are delighted to have won this football game but we have still got a job to do at home.

"It's great to get three points and it stays in our hands until our final home game but nothing is done yet. I don't want people to be carried away to think it is.

"I know that we'll have a full Memorial Ground on Saturday but there is still plenty of work to do."

Line-ups

Wycombe

  • 1Ingram
  • 33Rowe
  • 11Wood
  • 4Scowen
  • 5Stewart
  • 19Pierre
  • 10Bloomfield
  • 8Lewis
  • 29McClure
  • 20CraigSubstituted forStycheat 83'minutes
  • 22KretzschmarSubstituted forMoriasat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McCoy
  • 6Johnson
  • 13Horlock
  • 17Morias
  • 18Kuffour
  • 23Arnold
  • 27Styche

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 30Lockyer
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'TooleSubstituted forO Clarkeat 88'minutes
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 39Mohamed
  • 25ClucasBooked at 74mins
  • 9HarroldSubstituted forBeardsleyat 71'minutes
  • 7Clarkson
  • 11BroghammerSubstituted forGillespieat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gillespie
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 24O Clarke
  • 33Santos
  • 34Keary
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
6,752

Match Stats

Home TeamWycombeAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home5
Away3
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers).

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Reece Styche (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Reece Styche replaces Steven Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Junior Morias replaces Max Kretzschmar.

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Pierre.

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 2. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Matt Harrold.

Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Steven Gillespie replaces Fabian Broghammer.

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

Foul by Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers).

Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale45249122281
2Scunthorpe45202052480
3Chesterfield44211582878
4Fleetwood452210131576
5Burton44191510872
6York451816111170
7Southend451815121669
8Oxford Utd45161415562
9Plymouth45161118-759
10Bury45131913858
11Portsmouth45141615-1058
12Dag & Red45141516-757
13Mansfield45141516-1057
14Wimbledon45141417-756
15Newport45131616-455
16Cheltenham45131616-955
17Accrington45131517-354
18Hartlepool45141120-453
19Morecambe45131418-1253
20Exeter45131319-552
21Bristol Rovers45121419-1050
22Northampton45121419-1750
23Wycombe45111420-1147
24Torquay4512924-2145
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