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Wycombe Wanderers (H) match preview

28 February 2020

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Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

Darren Moore’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways after defeats on the road at Gillingham and Shrewsbury Town.

Wycombe are just two points off the automatic promotion places as they continue to put the pressure on the likes of Coventry and Rotherham.

Wycombe’s recent form

The Chairboys have had a mixed bag of results so far in 2020 but have managed to retain their place in the top six with two wins from their last two outings. They began February with a 2-0 defeat at MK Dons, before showing an immediate response with a 3-1 victory at home to Bristol Rovers. Another setback followed though as they were beaten by a late goal from 10-man Fleetwood at Adams Park on February 11.

They have taken advantage of playing against two teams at the wrong end of the table in recent weeks though, as they backed up a 2-0 win at Bolton with three points at home to Tranmere Rovers last time out.

Who’s the gaffer?

Former Chairboys player Gareth Ainsworth is the man at the helm at Adams Park, being in charge in Buckinghamshire since September 2012, initially starting in a caretaker role following the departure of Gary Waddock. He continued in his role as player-manager until the end of the 2012/13 season after steering the Chairboys away from the threat of relegation.

Ainsworth is midway through his eighth season in charge of the Chairboys, finally sealing his first promotion as a manager two seasons ago, before securing Wycombe’s status in the third tier in the last campaign. He has taken them one step further this season and turned them into genuine contenders for promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

Since taking over as manager, Ainsworth has been in charge of 403 games, winning 164, drawing 101 and losing 138 – giving him an overall win percentage of 40.7%.

Ones to watch

Anthony Stewart

The centre-back came through the youth system at Adams Park and firmly established himself at the heard of the defence, helping the club stay in the EFL before a year-long stint with Crewe Alexandra. He returned to Wycombe in 2015 though and has gone on to be a key part of the side that has established themselves as a top end Sky Bet League One team. The 27-year-old has started every league game for Wycombe this season.

Dominic Gape

The central midfielder joined Wycombe initially on loan from Premier League side Southampton in the summer of 2016, before making the move permanent six months later. He has since become an integral part of the team and was named as Young Player of the Year in the 2017/18 campaign, which was capped off by scoring the goal which secured the Chairboys’ promotion to Sky Bet League One.

Paul Smyth

The lively Northern Ireland winger joined Wycombe in the summer on a season-long loan from Sky Bet Championship side Queens Park Rangers, and scored on his debut for the club in a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

The 22-year-old started out with Linfield, before moving to Loftus Road where he also scored on his first appearance for the club. He spent last season on loan with Accrington Stanley, a move which included a goal in their 2-1 win at the Keepmoat Stadium in April 2019.

Who’s the ref?

David Rock will be the man in the middle when Rovers take on Wycombe on Saturday, and you can find out more about him here.

Last time out

Wycombe came out on top the last time the two sides met at Adams Park in November. Joe Jacobson scored the only goal of the game with a penalty deep into stoppage time.


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