Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth believes next season will see a lot of ‘excitement’ at Adams Park, as the club prepare for life back in League One.

The Chairboys were relegated on the final day of the season, despite defeating Middlesbrough 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium.

It was their joint-highest league win of the season and was part of a run that saw them achieve five victories in the final eight matches.

However, despite their valiant efforts, they will start life in England's third tier.

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Speaking to Mark Clemmit for the EFL’s official podcast, the 48-year-old said: "After 46 games you are where you deserve to be, and ultimately we were just a couple of points away from staying up.

“But I always gave my best so I can't really look back and say I should've changed this player or these tactics.

"There was no ‘R’ next to our name until the final kick of the final game of the season, and we can take pride from that.

“The efforts from everyone were great.

“I'm gutted that the fans couldn't see Championship football, but it's my job to get us back there.

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"As we came off at the Riverside Stadium (after the final game at Middlesbrough), the feeling was real excitement for next season.

“We'd taken Middlesbrough to the cleaners.”

Wycombe ended the season on 43 points in 22nd place – just one point and one position behind Derby County, who survived on the final day, at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United, who also went down with Wanderers.

The boss continued: “We're a much better team than we were at the start of the season; we learned a lot, we started slow but finished like a train.

“With one more game, we might have survived.

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"The fans coming back is something I'm so excited about. I wake up every single morning and tell myself how lucky I am.

“I'm a football manager, I've played football all my life, and soon we're going to have the fans back in the ground, right behind us again."