Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth is ‘proud’ of his players despite his side’s heart-breaking 1-0 home defeat to Rotherham United.

Michael Ihiekwe scored the only goal of the game in injury-time, to give Paul Warne’s side their first win against Wycombe since the 2000/01 season.

But despite the defeat, Ainsworth took plenty of positives, and hopes his side will be able to take their chances in their next league fixture, which is away to Blackburn on September 19.

Speaking after the loss, Ainsworth said: “We had chances, but we didn’t take them today and at this level, you’ve got to be clinical.

“I’m very proud of my players, the effort was superb and we’re not going to be this team that you can take three points from.

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“Even though Rotherham have done it, I’m hoping that their manager will say it was a tough game.

“Allsop hardly had to make a save today so that with me bodes well for the future.”

There were many positives in the game for Wycombe to take away, most notably the performance of Scott Kashket.

The 24-year-old caused the Rotherham backline plenty of problems, but it came to nothing as the Millers defended well and snatched the points away from Wycombe in the dying seconds.

It was a real smash-and-grab from the away side, who were promoted to the Championship alongside the Chairboys.

Ainsworth continued: “You have to give Rotherham credit.

“They designed a corner that is going to cause problems for teams this year.

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“We have done that multiple times and I’m sure we’ll score from plenty of set plays this season.

“But I thought our quality in terms of counter-attacking was excellent as the pace of our attack is phenomenal.

“Kashket made some brilliant runs and got behind their defence a number of times, but this is a tough league and we’re up for it.

“It was tough to take, but I am a football manager.

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“It is the first defeat I’ve had in this league and I’ll bounce back – it is not going to keep me down.

“We’re looking forward to going to Blackburn next week and hopefully we’ll get three points up there.”