Wycombe Wanderers have bounced back in tremendous style since the Luton defeat.

Two wins in a row has left the Blues on the fringes of the playoff zone and defensively since the 4-2 defeat to Notts County the team have tightened, including two clean sheets on the spin away from home against Newport County and Mansfield Town.

Since that County defeat, manager Gareth Ainsworth has used three centre halves in rotation since then and all have produced excellent displays at the heart of the defence.

Captain Adam El-Abd, Anthony Stewart and Dan Scarr have all forged partnerships in these recent games but Ainsworth is choosing to rotate these key men for differing reasons.

Ainsworth said: “It is to stop injuries and to look after the guys. Anthony has been injured the past two seasons on a Tuesday  night after a Saturday game and been out for a while both times.

“It reduces the injury risk and that is something I can now work with this season. I have experience with Adam El-Abd, the raw power of Dan Scarr and a bit of both with Anthony Stewart so it is brilliant to be able to rotate the three of them.

“Everyone will have their opinions. The only time it will be an issue is when we get beat but that’s football.

“I am well aware of that but I don’t intend getting beaten too often. The two permanent players in the defence at the moment are Joe Jacobson and Michael Harriman.

“Both Joe and Michael are such consistent performers. Joe looks like he is playing some of the best football of his career at the moment and Michael is a seven out of 10 or above every week.”

Scarr in particular is arguably the most exciting of the three centre halves with him also being the most unproven with just three league appearances under his belt.

Ainsworth added: “Dan has all the physical attributes. Tuesday showed he isn’t superhuman because in his first two games people will be thinking he is the best centre half we have seen down here in a long time.

“We know there is stuff to work on with Dan and we can pick stuff out of the games and make him better as I have been doing with all our loanees.

“It is about trying to improve our understanding of them and their understanding of us and when they go off and go back to their parent clubs and get into the team it is a very proud moment for them.

“They are on loan with us to get that experience. I would love to keep him and the likes of Ebere and neither of them have been on a losing side yet.”

With two wins from two this week, it has been the perfect way for Ainsworth to celebrate five years in charge at Wycombe.

On Sunday, the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Ian Holloway sent congratulations messages to Ainsworth and the 44-year-old admitted he was taken aback by this.

He commented: “When your peers give you words of well done is the best kind of affirmation.

“To be accepted by your peers is very important. The likes of Pochettino and Ian are on a different stratosphere managerial wise. If I can achieve half of what they have done then I will be a success.”