Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth was pleased that two of his ‘marquee signings’ had positive performances against Cardiff City.

Uche Ikpeazu and Ryan Tafazolli had standout displays against the Bluebirds on December 29, as the Chairboys won 2-1 at Adams Park – their first win in 12 matches.

Ikpeazu, who was making his first start of the season, hustled and bustled the City defence whilst a bullet header from Tafazolli, gave the home side a 1-0 lead in the first-half.

READ MORE: Gareth Ainsworth on the Cardiff City players, Neil Warnock and being consistent

David Wheeler got Wycombe’s second goal on 63 minutes.

The win was the perfect way for Ainsworth’s men to end 2020, as they start off the new year against Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough.

The gaffer said: “We have been waiting a long time for that.

“They are two marquee summer signings, and they haven’t played until the last game of the year because of injuries and I was impressed with Ikpeazu.

“I thought he played his role really well and there is more to come.

“He can get better.

“Tafazolli has played a lot more at this level and he showed why I have signed him.

READ MORE: Wycombe Wanderers players to be tested for coronavirus ahead of FA Cup weekend

“It was a great header from a Joe Jacobson corner, but the calmness from his defending was awesome.

Bucks Free Press:

Ryan Tafazolli scored his first goal for Wycombe in the 2-1 win over Cardiff City on December 29 (Prime Media)

“They were both brilliant, but I am not going to discount the boys who have been with me all these years.

“The Bloomfield’s, the Jacobson’s, the Thompson’s, people like that who have put in awesome performances and the big man [Akinfenwa] as well.

“It is really important that we stick together.”

Finally, the manager hopes his side can improve when keeping clean sheets.

The Chairboys were seconds away from keeping their fourth shutout of the season against Cardiff on December 29, before a David Hoilett header was scored in the final few seconds of the match.

Wycombe haven’t kept a clean sheet since the 0-0 draw against Huddersfield Town on November 24.

He continued: “A win is good, but a clean sheet would have been the icing on the cake.

READ MORE: 'Wow, it has actually gone in' - Ryan Tafazolli on scoring his first Wycombe goal in Cardiff win

“Unfortunately, we let that in, but we have got something to work on.

“That is a positive and I will be looking at that.

“But at the end of the day, we have done the damage and stopped Cardiff and it was a great win for us.”