Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth has praised club captain Matt Bloomfield for his performance against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Bloomfield, who was playing on his 36th birthday, scored the third goal as Wycombe defeated the Pirates 3-1.

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All four goals were scored in the first-half and despite getting Wycombe’s third just before half-time, Bloomfield came off at the break.

Ainsworth revealed: “Bloomfield got a kick just before he scored, and I think he got a double whack on his calf just before half-time.

“I’ve got players who will say to me, ‘gaffer, I can’t carry on please replace me because I can’t give 100 per cent for the team.’

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“Blooms could have done about 90 per cent and sometimes, people want to stay on because they just want to stay on the pitch.

“But Blooms will say, ‘I’m not going to give you 100 per cent so get someone else on to see the game out’, and that’s the player and captain I want at the club.

“That’s why I was proud of him scoring, especially on his birthday and on my 400th game as well.

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“He was my roommate when I signed here so that’s very nice and again, one of the players we need in the team."

The victory means Wycombe remain in the automatic promotion places.

Up next for the Chairboys is another home match, this time against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.