Gareth Ainsworth has praised the performance of Sam Vokes, after the Welshman scored the winner in Wycombe’s 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

Vokes beautifully headed in a Jason McCarthy cross with 18 minutes to go, in a match that Wycombe needed to win.

The Chairboys were on a run of six games without a win going to the contest, and after Anis Mehmeti’s missed penalty in the first-half, it looked like the winless run was going to continue.

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However, Vokes winner has given Wycombe their first three points in a month as Wanderers stay fourth, but move onto 34 points – level with Wigan Athletic in third and Rotherham United in second.

Speaking after the match, Ainsworth said: “The boys much have thought what’s on these goals, but Sam Vokes gets a fantastic goal and that’s what he was signed for.

“That header was from his Premier League days.

“He’s a real leader and he will lead these boys this season.

“I think he has been phenomenal for us this season, and he could be in double figures already if it wasn’t for the paint of the post or the blocks from the opposition defenders.

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“I think he is a marked man, Sam, and I think that’s tough to take.

“People are always on him but he really does produce from a brilliant cross, and it was a special moment to split the two teams.”

The goal was Vokes’ fifth of the campaign.