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Ainsworth confident of survival

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth is predicting a 'Great Escape' is still on for his side despite losing 2-1 to Bristol Rovers.

Wycombe's existence in the Football League looks more than precarious after Clarkson's late strike saw Bristol Rovers claim all three points in the basement battle at Adams Park.

With fellow strugglers Northampton also claiming a win at Dagenham & Redbridge; Wycombe are now in the bottom two and relying on favours in next weekend's final round of games.

Lee Brown gave Rovers an early lead; Matt McClure equalised for Wycombe with his eighth goal of the season before the break but Clarkson had the last laugh, condemning the home side to just one win from their last 11 games.

But Ainsworth remains confident that his side will stay up.

He said: "I believe we've got enough to beat Torquay (who they play in their final game of the season). I believe we've got enough to beat anyone in this league, we just haven't done it consistently enough this year.

"The fans have a right to say whatever they want about me. I'm not naive enough to think in football that won't happen, but get behind the team because they are working hard and have given their all today.

"I'm devastated for them because they're a young group and don't deserve to be where they are. Next week have to do our job at Torquay and rely on someone else to get us out of jail.

"It's not in our hands now, but we've done it before here at Wycombe Wanderers - the Great Escape. They did it at Lincoln many years ago and why can't we do it again."

Rovers broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when Brown stroked a stunning 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

McClure equalised a minute later with a spectacular back-heeled flick from Wood's cross, which crept inside the far post to make it 1-1.

Bristol Rovers won it against the run of play in the 74th minute, making their first meaningful attack of the half count.

Wycombe's McClure diverted a cross into the path of Clarkson who could not miss from six yards, sending the travelling Rovers fans into raptures.