The performances of Uche Ikpeazu and new signing Admiral Muskwe impressed Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth, after his side smashed Preston 4-1 in the FA Cup third round.

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The two had positive displays against Alex Neil’s men, as it was Muskwe’s cross that set up Fred Onyedinma’s opener after three minutes, and just six minutes later, Ikpeazu’s quick feet and trickery led to him being fouled in the penalty area.

Joe Jacobson scored the resulting spot-kick.

Ainsworth said: “Uche is unplayable at times and the more we can simple up his game, the better he will become.

“I think people will start to open their eyes and see how much of a talent he is.

“And I think this is the first time that people have really worked on what he is good at, what he can do and what he can bring to the team and with Adebayo Akinfenwa, he has got a great mentor.”

On Muskwe, who made his debut in the win, Ainsworth added: “Admiral Muskwe is an unknown as we can’t go out and get the Charlie Austin’s or the Jordan Rhodes’ to bring into the Championship and make a difference.

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“We have to go out and find these unpolished gems and Admiral is one of those.

“I think he had an assured performance.

“His energy levels were brilliant, and I think he was disappointed that he didn’t score but he assisted one.

“He was a constant threat all game, he played off Uche really well and hopefully we will have more business to come.”

The win was much needed for Wycombe as they hope to get a run of wins under their belt to boost their Championship survival chances, and with a brilliant victory against a side that they hadn’t beaten in nearly 27 years, the gaffer hopes that the performances will merit the results.

He continued: “Performances this season have been good bar two or three games after those first seven matches where we were taught a lot of lessons.

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“Barnsley and Boro, fine, we weren’t in them but all the others, we were – we just didn't put the ball in the goal.

“But today, when we got those chances, we stuck them in the net and that will be crucial if we have any chance of surviving in this league.”

It is the first time since 2017 that Wycombe are in the hat for the fourth round.