Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth praised "unsung hero" Dominic Gape for his brilliant performance in their 1-0 win over Portsmouth at Adams Park on Saturday.

Gape was instrumental in midfield for the Blues in keeping the Pompey playmakers quiet and the Chairboys were rewarded with an excellent three points when Adebayo Akinfenwa thumped an 83rd minute penalty past Craig MacGillivray to seal victory.

Ainsworth said: "Dominic Gape is one of the most unsung heroes at Wycombe Wanderers.

"He is one of the first names on the teamsheet, believe me, because he is so good at what he does.

"He is a fantastic acquisition from Southampton and he organises so well for such a young boy.

"He is a future captain and his legs are unbelievable. He got Freeman and Pattison running about thanks to Gapey's voice getting them going.

"I don't normally like singling people out because we are a team, we are a group and I will credit that to all 24 players that we have got. That is all we have.

"We have 18 fit players with six out, but that is 18 quality players and thanks to Rob's help, that has been a big help."

Ainsworth also explained he was very grateful at being allowed time to build a culture at the club as he approaches his seventh anniversary at the helm.

He added: "In seven years time, I am so grateful to the club for giving me this time.

"I have built a culture where the lads don't get fazed and every player has a job description and they all know what they have do for me.

"I felt in this game we should have stayed at 4-3-2 with ten men. If I had left Akinfenwa up there on his own, their defenders could have kept striding out.

"I was so proud to see the team's desire and that is what has won us the game here."