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Doncaster Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers: Match Report

Glaring defensive errors spoil a return to form as Wycombe steal a point…
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Rovers, early season promise has lapsed somewhat into old habits. Yes, two games without a win is far from a crisis but the late winner against Barnet and a fortuitous victory over Colchester papered over the cracks somewhat, and now the team must regroup.
By all accounts we were woeful at Blackpool and the away win at Portsmouth seems a bit of an outlier through this recent dip in performance that began in defeat to Luton just over a month ago. Encouraging then to see Rovers on the front foot from the start against Wycombe this past Saturday.
Early pressure failed to tell on the scoreboard, James Coppinger missing a glorious chance at the back post after good work down the right flank. That side would provide joy for Rovers throughout the game as an open Wycombe side failed to cope with the surging pace of Matty Blair.
Disappointing then to see the home side go a goal down in the 19th minute as Ross Etheridge, deputising for the injured Marko Marosi, dropped a routine cross allowing Matt Bloomfield to hook in the opener. A tough pill to swallow after a strong start for Rovers.
The players responded though, dominating proceedings through to half time and turning the game around impressively. Coppinger broke the defensive line down the right, sent in a wonderful low cross and Tommy Rowe, injured in doing so, showed great commitment to get on the end of it and level.
Ten minutes later and Fergie’s men had taken the lead, John Marquis weaving his way around half the Wycombe team before taking out the goalkeeper and finishing well for his seventh strike of the season. It was a superbly crafted goal that typified the game up to that point: Rovers’ superior skill winning out against a physical side with no end product.
However, Rovers retreated into their shell after half time – a common complaint of late – and sorely missed the injured Rowe, whilst Wycombe began to cause problems up front following the introduction of former striker and man-mountain Bayo Akinfenwa. Failure to kill the game off proved costly as Etheridge again messed up, spilling a nothing shot from distance straight to Bloomfield to tuck away the equaliser.
Unlike the Barnet game, the home side were unable to rally and find a late winner, and indeed it could even have ended with a loss as Paris Cowan-Hall (famously named after glamour-puss Paris Hilton), a nuisance all afternoon, squandered an easy chance deep into injury time, heading wide when unmarked just yards from goal. A 2-2 draw on the day, but it certainly felt like a defeat.
Winners
John Marquis – Atoning for misses in previous games, Marquis scored a superb goal here to show he can step up and fill the boots of injured strike partner Andy Williams. All his best attributes were on show here: Tenacity, finesse and a quaffed hair do.
Riccardo Calder – The Villa loanee has been criticised for toothless displays recently but given a starting berth here proved a good move by the manager as Calder looked lively, energetic and productive. More of the same needed from him now Tommy Rowe is out.
Matt Bloomfield – The easiest brace of his career, simply put. He should send Ross Etheridge a big cake as thanks, although the Rovers #1 would probably drop it anyway.
Losers
Ross Etheridge – There can be no denying Etheridge cost us the points. Wycombe never looked like scoring until he intervened with some catastrophic errors. This was his big chance to stake his claim with Marosi out, but if he features in another league game this season now I will be amazed. He has blown it spectacularly.
Tommy Rowe – Suffering what appears to be a serious injury in the first half, the absence of Rowe will be a big blow to the team. The midfielder has not long since recovered from a long-term injury and will be bitterly disappointed, especially after what had been arguably his best 45 minutes of the season.
Lee Probert – Allegedly a Premier League ref, I wouldn’t like to see him officiating in the Northern Premier. This was hands down one of the most shambolic, pathetic displays I’ve witnessed from the man in the middle in years, even putting panto villain Trevor Kettle to shame.

Doncaster Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers: Match Preview

Two teams who have been tormented by injury problems face off against one another, but will Rovers be able to bounce back from their loss against Blackpool?

The last time Wycombe Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers met was in 2006, drawing 2-2 due to goals from Graeme Lee and Jonathan Forte. In fact, the two clubs have only met three times with Rovers never losing a game against them.

As I sit here, with my laptop on my knee, I am still in a state of depression from the tragic day out at the seaside. The way Rovers performed certainly raised a few concerns. The lack of Andy Williams in the side seems to have caused a lack of determination, mental strength and a passion to succeed. We have spent every appearance without him desperately hanging on to wins we’d only just attained and that stroke of luck was certainly about to change. This poor run of form definitely needs to be fixed, and fast. Perhaps the addition of Tyler Garratt rather than Cedric Evina, who may need resting after taking a knock against Blackpool. He has been a major weakness in defence as of late. Garratt has shown promise during pre-season and in the EFL Trophy and I hope he will add that solidity – along with an ability to actually defend – that we have been lacking in recent fixtures. On a more positive note, Marko Marosi is probably going to be fit despite hobbling off the field after the fourth Blackpool goal went in. Marko has been brilliant in goal all season since becoming Rovers’ number one, making saves that have certainly ensured we hung on to a few victories.

This season, Gareth Ainsworth’s men find themselves 21st in the table, only winning one game this month so far. This low position in the table is presumably due to them having a bit of an injury crisis at the beginning of the season. However, in a similar way to Rovers they may be slowly regaining their formerly absent players as they become fit which may mean that they will be more impressive than anyone can predict – especially if the newly fit additions are particularly impressive.

One to watch

Adebayo Akinfenwa: Like this wasn’t the worlds’ most obvious choice. The ex-rovers striker is an absolute tank and there is no doubt he will tear the sloppier members of our defence to shreds with his immense presence and super-human strength. However, Andy Butler may actually relish the idea of marking the strongest man in English football, and certainly isn’t afraid of such physical battles. It might be interesting to watch.

Big Weekend

John Marquis: Since Andy Williams abandoned him up front, it doesn’t seem that the best signing of the Summer really knows what to do with himself. He seemed totally lost on his own on Saturday and, instead of being as hard working as he usually is, did nothing of note all game. He needs to step up and dig in to ensure he makes up for the absence of his strike partner.