Wycombe defender Darius Charles exclaimed he was ecstatic after his first-half strike was enough to beat off the challenge of Sunderland at Adams Park on Saturday.

Charles thumped home from eight yards in front of a packed crowd to keep Wanderers' unbeaten home record intact and keep pace with Ipswich at the top of League One.

The former AFC Wimbledon defender has had a horrendous time with injuries, so much so that he was advised to retire.

However, he has fought his way back into the starting line-up this term and was a rock at the back as well as matchwinner against the title favourites.

He said: "I didn't wait around long enough to see it hit the back of the net because I kind of knew it was going in.

"I am not going to swear but it was about time I gave that so I am just ecstatic and over the moon and it hasn't really sunk in yet."

Charles also admitted to having the same feelings when Ryan Allsop produced a world-class save in the dying embers of the game to save Aiden McGeady's piledriver.

He added: "It was the exact same emotion as when I scored.

"The reason that he got all the high-fives and the accolades from us, is because that was just as important.

"In our box, we won our battles and in their box, we won our battles.

"When Ryan was called upon, he made a terrific save as he has done time and time again for us and it sums up how we have been so far this season."