Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has revealed the club’s next challenge following their 2-1 away defeat at Cardiff City.

A Kieffer Moore double succumbed the Chairboys to their 25th league defeat of the season in the Welsh capital on Saturday [April 24], but due to Derby’s home defeat against Birmingham City, Wanderers’ Championship stay hangs by the slightest of threads.

Wycombe can only stay up if they win their next two matches and hope Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday, and the Rams lose their remaining fixtures, with Wayne Rooney’s men playing the Owls on the final day of the season.

Wycombes defeat to Cardiff was their 25th in the league this season (PA)

Wycombe's defeat to Cardiff was their 25th in the league this season (PA)

Also, Wanderers will need a 13-goal difference swing to avoid the drop, so whilst relegation hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, it is incredibly likely that their one-year journey in England’s second-tier will come to an end.

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Speaking after the loss, Ainsworth said: “If that’s it then the positive for us is the chance to get another promotion on our CVs next season.

“We don’t want to finish bottom, and that’s our next challenge.

“I’m really proud of all the support we’ve had.

“I want to come back to this level.

“This club is growing.

“We’re looking to the future.

It was a frustrating day in the Welsh capital (PA)

It was a frustrating day in the Welsh capital (PA)

“Wycombe Wanderers are in a strong place and we’ve learned so much at this level.”

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The Chairboys went a goal behind when Moore smashed in a low drive past David Stockdale midway through the first-half, but when Joe Jacobson scored an equaliser with a penalty just before the break, it gave Wanderers hope.

Uche Ikpeazu and Garath McCleary had chances to give Wycombe the lead in the second period, but poor defending allowed Moore to get his second on 70 minutes.

Even a red card to substitute Will Vaulks in injury-time didn’t help Wanderers, as they lost a must-win game.

Ainsworth continued: “We’ve built a structure and a platform to challenge for Championship status again, and to stay there.

“That’s why I’m not down.

“There are some fantastic people at this level, Mick McCarthy being one of them.

Relegation looms for Wanderers (PA)

Relegation looms for Wanderers (PA)

“It’s restored my faith in the game after everything that’s gone on lately.

I can’t wait to have fans back next season.

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“I promise to give my absolute best to get us back in the Championship.

“I don’t regret anything.

“I stand here as the manager of Wycombe Wanderers who didn’t quite do enough to keep us in the Championship, but I looked oblivion in the face at Torquay seven years ago.

“Every day since has been a pleasure.

“Thanks everyone for your support.”

Wycombe’s next game, which is their final home match of the season, is against promotion-pushing Bournemouth on May Day [May 1].