Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Bristol Rovers

Wycombe Wanderers were made to pay the price for a slow start against their old friends, Bristol Rovers. Two first half corners led to the Chairboys conceding two cheap goals and they had a mountain to climb in the second half. The comeback looked very unlikely until a late Scott Kashket goal provided some hope for the home fans but it was too little, too late.

After the game I spoke to Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth, for BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Chairboys Sneak Through On Penalties

Wycombe Wanderers snuck past League 2 Northampton Town 7-6 on penalties to progress into the second round of the League Cup for the first time in seven years.

The match was tied at 1-1 after 90 very entertaining minutes in which the Chairboys looked to be fluffing their lines in front of goal again. The breakthrough came ten minutes into the second half with a well worked move being emphatically headed home by Randell Williams and the home side visibly grew in confidence.

However, The Cobblers stuck to their guns and forced their way back into the tie with a late leveller from substitute Sam Hoskins which came shortly after Wycombe goalkeeper, Yves Ma-Kalambay, had saved a penalty.

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The big keeper was the hero again in the shoot out, keeping out Jordan Turnbulls penalty  which allowed Adam El-Abd to slam home the winner in front of a sparse Adams Park crowd.

After the game, I spoke to the Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth:

If, like Gareth, you would like to know who Wycombe could face in the second round, here are the numbers for the Southern section of the draw which takes place on Thursday evening.

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Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Three second half goals from Doncaster Rovers were enough to see off Wycombe Wanderers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The defeat was the first loss on the road in 2018 for the Chairboys and after the game I spoke with Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties Radio:

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“We never lose. We either win or we learn.”

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The Lowdown On Bryn Morris

This week the Chairboys added two players to their small squad with the permanent signing of familiar face Jason McCarthy and the loan addition of Bryn Morris from EFL 1 rivals Shrewsbury Town.

I must admit to not knowing a great deal about Morris, other than ‘Bryn’ means hill in Welsh, so hopefully he will build an affinity with his new undulating surroundings in South Bucks.

BBC Radio Shropshire commentator, Stuart Dunn, very kindly spoke to me about Morris, life in EFL1 for Shrewsbury and how former Chairboy, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, is settling in at the New Meadow:

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Ainsworth pre Doncaster Rovers

Wycombe Wanderers travel to Doncaster Rovers having not been beaten on the road since 22nd December 2017. Ahead of the trip (and the signing of Jason McCarthy!), I spoke with Gareth at the training ground:

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King of the road

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Rocky II

This week at training I caught up with Chairboys goalkeeper, Ryan Allsop. We chatted about being settled at the club, clean sheets, the Wycombe GK kits and why he is called Rocky:

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Video Nasty Motivates Blues

Wycombe midfielder Marcus Bean made a fine start to the season protecting the back four in the opening day stalemate against Blackpool at Adams Park.

The combative midfielder was unlucky not to score during a lively first half after an intelligent lay-off from Adebayo Akinfenwa led to a fierce goal bound shot which was blocked by a defender.

After the game, Beany told me about a motivational tool that was used in the pre match preparations:

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