Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was pleased with the performance of Uche Ikpeazu after the striker scored an incredible goal in the 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough.

The forward curled in a beautiful effort from 20-yards on just three minutes to give the Chairboys the lead, before Boro hit back.

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It was his first goal for the club, his first in the Championship, and his first since September 2019, when he scored in the Hibs/Hearts derby, where he scored the equaliser for the latter in a 2-1 win.

And after he netted in the stunner, the 25-year-old ran over to Ainsworth and hugged him, in what has been a stop-start season for the striker.

It was only his eighth appearance this campaign.

Speaking after the defeat, Ainsworth said: “What a strike and I am so pleased for him.

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“He is such a humble, hardworking guy, he wants to learn and he is so grateful for his chance in the Championship.

“He came over to me and said, ‘thank you for bringing me here’, and that is just brilliant to hear.

“That is how much it means to him and that is real life.

“That isn’t just football, this is someone who has come across with the humility he has got to say ‘thank you gaffer for bringing me to the Championship’, and those moments can never be taken away.

“Yes, the defeat hurts but we have got that moment and we will savour that.”

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Ikpeazu started his career with Reading but never played a first-team game for the Royals, and has since had spells with Watford, Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Cambridge United, Port Vale, Blackpool, Hearts, and Didcot Town.