Curtis Thompson was praised by his manager Gareth Ainsworth after his impressive performance against Huddersfield Town.

The 27-year-old ran the show alongside Dominic Gape versus the Terriers which saw the former Notts County man boss the midfield, win tackles, and chase every loose ball that came his way.

And with Thompson starting the last 10matches which has seen the Chairboys keep three clean sheets in their last five games, Ainsworth was full of admiration for the club’s number 18.

He said: “He is the boy that was told to go on loan from a League Two side because he wasn’t getting into their team.

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“He is now proving he is a Championship player.

“I think he has been awesome, and I think he is an absolute warrior in the middle of the park.

“He never gives up, never quits and when you get someone like that doing that right in the middle of your team, nobody can do no less than anything and energy just reverberates out of him.

“He inspires everyone.

“He wants to win and he has fought hard for his career.”

Thompson has been one of the club’s best players so far this season as Wycombe are finding their feet in their inaugural season in the Championship.

The start of the season saw the club lose their first seven league matches in a row, which included heart-breaking defeats against Rotherham and Norwich, which gave the Chairboys a reality check following their dream campaign last season.

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But those seven defeats seem like a distance memory, as the Chairboys are just three points away from getting out of the drop zone.

And with a hectic December coming up, which will see Wycombe play eight matches, Ainsworth has admitted that he’ll rotate his squad and that he supports the new five-sub rule.

He continued: “Bayo has played three games on the trot and at some stage, he is going to burnout.

“So we’re going to have to change it, but I think the way we can play differently is exciting for me.

“Garath McCleary is a great player who has played in the Premier League and Championship and if I’m honest, he says he is still a bit short, but I think with a couple more days training, he’ll be in contention for Saturday.

“We’ve got some really good squad players and if I need to rotate, and I am very confident that I will, I will have a strong side to face Derby.

“I have got to give credit to my physios and sports scientists as they have got the players in good shape.

“We’re nearly a quarter of a way through the season and I am proud of where we are – it’s not like we’re miles away – we’re only a few points away from getting out of the relegation zone and if we keep this up, we’ll be surviving and this place will be rocking for years.

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“You’ve got to make sure that you’re competitive and you learn and that is what the boys have done.

"And I’m really happy with the five sub rule and I think it needed to come in.

“If I am honest, we picked up our muscle injuries at the start of the season, and with the mayhem of the fixtures, we’re used to this being in League One and Two, and my boys are resilient and we’re hoping to keep them fit.”