Wycombe Wanderers produced a performance full of grit as they sealed an excellent 1-0 win against Bristol Rovers in their feisty League One encounter at the Memorial Stadium.

Sido Jombati was the Chairboys hero, as his second half goal secured a third away of the season for Gareth Ainsworth’s men.

Wycombe made a bright start to the match with Adam El-Abd’s diving header whistling past the post on 30 seconds but referee Ben Toner gave a foul for an infringement.

Bristol Rovers came back with a half-chance themselves on three minutes with a free kick 20 yards but Tareiq Holmes-Dennis’ effort went straight into the wall.

Wanderers had a decent opportunity on seven minutes when Nick Freeman jinked past two players and his firm strike was nervously parried but the ball was cleared before Scott Kashket could meet it.

The game was very even on the whole with both sides keenly contesting every ball.

Ryan Allsop was called into action on the half hour mark, smartly tipping Alex Rodman’s curling effort wide.

The game was still very scrappy approaching half-time with neither side able to get in any rhythm whatsoever with both defences well on top.

Rovers had a good chance right on half-time when Ed Upson’s goalbound shot was heroically blocked by El-Abd.

The home side made a quick start to the second half with the first couple of efforts after the break as Rodman’s free kick hit the wall and then Ollie Clarke thundered a shot over.

Wanderers, however, came back strongly and were rewarded with a goal on 57 minutes when Joe Jacobson’s magnificent corner found Jombati three yards out, who nodded home.

The Chairboys were sniffing a second goal after a triple substitution from Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlan, who surprisingly took off striker Stefan Payne.

Alex Samuel carried the ball 30 yards on 70 minutes, releasing Freeman who saw his low cross fall to Curtis Thompson but his rifled effort was brilliantly blocked by Tony Craig.

Wycombe were defending superbly, led by Jombati and El-Abd, restricting Rovers to very few opportunities.

Rovers were getting a foothold in the game with 15 minutes to go and former Blues loanee Alex Jakubiak got in behind Jacobson but his cross was terrifically cleared by Jason McCarthy.

Dominic Gape then turned hero for Wanderers on 79 minutes, clearing Rodman’s header off the line as the home side looked to up the tempo.

Wycombe almost wrapped it up in injury time when a brilliant run and cross by Nathan Tyson found Paris Cowan-Hall, who fluffed his shot from four yards out.

The visitors continued to defend manfully with Thompson producing a series of crunching tackles to keep the home side at bay.

The final whistle was met with elation by the 674 visiting fans and Wycombe jump to 11th in League One.

WYCOMBE WANDERERS: Allsop, McCarthy, Jombati, El-Abd, Jacobson, Freeman (sub: Tyson, 73), Gape, Thompson, Cowan-Hall, Samuel (sub: Akinfenwa, 85), Kashket (sub: Bloomfield, 54). Subs: Yates, Stewart, Bean, Mackail-Smith, Tyson,

BRISTOL ROVERS: Bonham, J Clarke, Lockyer, Craig, Holmes-Dennis (sub: Matthews, 60), Kelly, Upson (sub: Lines, 60), O Clarke, Rodman, Payne (sub: Reilly, 60), Jakubiak. Subs: Smith, Nichols, Partington, Bennett.

REFEREE: Ben Toner

ATTENDANCE: 8,163 (Wycombe 674)