Chairboys Preview

March 31, 2006

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Rovers travel to the Causeway Stadium tomorrow to face Wycombe Wanderers in what is likely to prove a stern test of mental strength for Paul Trollope’s team.

It’s been something of a traumatic season for the men from Buckinghamshire with the sad loss of two close members of the club in player Mark Philo who tragically died in a car accident and the death of John Gorman’s wife, Myra, through illness.

At this time of the season the form tables go out of the window. Rovers simply have to get results if they have any chance of making the end of season play-offs. The ability is there, the application in recent weeks has let them down, but they have set themselves a precedent following last weekend’s impressive display and result at home to Mansfield.

Wycombe currently sit in 8th place in the League 2 form table. Their last 6 games have produced 3 victories, two draws, and one defeat, with nine goals scored and five conceded. Rovers have enjoyed a healthy away campaign this season and they occupy 9th position in the away form table at time of writing with two wins, one draw, and three defeats in their last six visits, scoring six and conceding seven.

Junior Agogo’s return to the side following suspension has been inspirational and he will ask questions of the Chairboys defence.

The bookies heavily favour Wycombe, but for those fancying a flutter on the Pirates, a Rovers 1-0 win will bag you £8 on a £1 stake with a 2-0 win currently 20/1.

Paul Trollope’s outlook on his side’s end of season run-in is clear. “I want us to take one game at a time, focus on it, and push for the three points.Of course, until it’s mathematically impossible, we’ll keep trying, but we can’t afford to get carried away in hype. Losing those three games on the bounce was a bit of a wake up call to be honest. It re-established our focus on a game-by-game basis, trying to win individual matches rather than thinking about the longer term.”

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