Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

As the race for a place in the play offs heats up, ninth place Wycombe Wanderers entertain seventh place Bristol Rovers at Adams Park.

Wycombe, who narrowly missed out on promotion via the play offs on penalties to Southend United last season go into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Northampton Town.

Winger Paris Cowan-Hall, spent a month on loan at Saturday’s opponents Rovers, played for Wycombe in the first half of that campaign before his January transfer window move to Millwall, and missed the game at Wembley has said that promotion this season is key.

“I did miss out on the end of the season and that’s part and parcel of football. That was my decision at the time and it had its pros and cons.

“Hopefully I can be part of the excitement this year but it all depends on how we do obviously.

“I was there and watched it all at Wembley. It was an entertaining game of football and I thought the boys were very unlucky to lose on penalties.” He told getbucks.

With striker Aaron Amadi-Holloway out on loan, Garry Thompson suspended and Paris Cowan-Hall injured, Wycombe’s attacking options are wearing thin.

Rovers go into the game having beaten Morecambe 2-1 last weekend.

The Pirates are still in a buoyant mood after their Jordanian takeover last week. New Owner Wael Al-Qadi believes that promotion is possible and has said that failure at the club is not an option.

“People love this club so much. I cannot afford to make mistakes, I cannot afford to fail — for them.”

“I am an owner of a club that I believe I can build up properly, step by step, and make sustainable.”

Rovers will have James Clarke assessed ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Chairboys after aggravating his knee at the weekend whilst Lee Mansell also remains doubtful with a slight knee problem.

Striker Ellis Harrison returned from his loan at Hartlepool United with an ankle ligament injury last week and is unlikely to be involved.

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This will be the third time Wanderers have faced Rovers this season, the Gas winning 2-0 in the JPT and 3-0 in the league.

Both teams were involved in the epic relegation battle of the 2013/14 season, Rovers winning 2-1 at Adams Park in the penultimate game before a 1-0 home defeat to Mansfield condemned the Gas to non-league football.

Wycombe have picked up nine points from their last five games. Rovers have picked up seven points from their previous five.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 40/92 clubs in England and counting.

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