Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth praised his former side as the Chairboys defeated Lincoln City 1-0 at Adams Park.

The 48-year-old, who spent two-and-a-bit seasons as a player with the Imps, was impressed with how Michael Appleton’s team played, and believes they’ll be in the hunt for promotion to the Championship this campaign.

Last season, the red and whites lost the League One play-off final to Blackpool.

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Ainsworth said: “We put a tactical approach in place and it was really nice to see it come off, against a dominate and possession-based team like Lincoln.

“They have got some good players, Michael is a good manager and they’ve got players that can keep possession.

“Some of the goals they have scored already this season have been great goals, but we’re different as we’re got our own way of playing and I was so proud of the boys’ efforts.

“The energy they put in was not easy to play like that.

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“Lincoln are a fantastic club and they’ll forever be in my heart.

“They’re the club that launched my career as a player and I hope they can be up there with us at the end of the season.”

Ainsworth was at Lincoln between 1995 and 1997 and scored 41 goals in 97 matches for the club, before leaving for Port Vale.