Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has labelled Wycombe Wanderers’ football as ‘horrendous’ and believes the Chairboys will not be promoted to the Championship.

The 40-year-old saw his side lose 2-0 at home to Matt Bloomfield’s side on March 14, which was the club’s seventh league loss at home this season in 18 matches.

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Goals from Brandon Hanlan, who played under Barton for Rovers during the 2020/21 season, and a Chem Campbell header gave Wanderers the win.

However, the home boss was not impressed with Wycombe’s style of play at the Memorial Stadium, and believes that if the Chairboys were to achieve a place in the second tier, it would be a ‘hell of an achievement’.

Wycombe are currently three points off the play-offs following their win over Bristol Rovers.

Speaking to the Bristol Post, Barton said: “I don’t think Wycombe are going to go up.

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“They’ve got a bit of work to do, it’ll be a hell of an achievement for them to go up based on what I’ve seen over the two games against them.

“The group there - Derby and Barnsley - certainly from our skirmishes with them, seem to be a little bit ahead of them.

“I expect to see them in the division next season, if we can get the required points between now and the end of the season to stay in the division.”

On Wanderers’ football, which has seen the Chairboys take maximum points from the Gas this season, Barton added: “ They’ve beaten us twice but I don’t think, if you watch them play, I wouldn’t want to play like that - it’s horrendous football, you just boot it.

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“Again, Gareth Ainsworth has been successful there, he’s now moved along and I think it’ll be very, very difficult to maintain the standard that Gareth has set and the culture he’s built.

"But Matt (Bloomfield) has made a good fist of it so far and it’ll be interesting to see what he does there.”

Wycombe are currently unbeaten in their last five matches against Bristol Rovers, where they kept three clean sheets in their last three visits to the Memorial Stadium.

Additionally, Joey Barton has faced Wanderers eight times in his managerial career, winning just once.