Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has admitted that he still ‘loves learning lessons’ despite being in the role for nearly a decade.

The 48-year-old, who has taken charge of 490 matches and has won 192 of them as the Chairboys, was speaking about the tactical changes following his side’s 2-0 away win at Bolton, which has put Wanderers one point off the automatic promotion places.

With the Adams Park outfit being 2-0 inside the first 55 minutes, Bolton began to press to try and find a way back into the contest.

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This led the manager to change from his original 3-4-1-2 formation to a 4-3-1-2, with Joe Jacobson, who was on a booking, and Anis Mehmeti, making way for Curtis Thompson and Daryl Horgan.

The boss also revealed that he has decided to wait when making his substitutes, following the 3-3 draw away at Fleetwood in October.

With the Chairboys 3-1 up after 50 minutes, Ainsworth decided to replace Adebayo Akinfenwa for Jordan Obita on 56 minutes.

Fleetwood responded by making three changes in the next three minutes, which ultimately rescued them a point.

Ainsworth said: “Away at Fleetwood, I made a sub first, then Simon Grayson subbed second and he reacted to me so that’s a lesson learnt from me to be a bit more patient.

“Even 10 years in the job, you love learning lessons, and you love making things work and I thought [Marlon] Fossey was a real shining light for Bolton.

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“He’s very quick and direct and he’s a good, young player.

“He caused us problems on that right-hand side so we had to adjust to deal with him and to deal with what Bolton was going to throw at us.

“We want to a four later one 4-3-1-2, to deal with their shape and that was to see out the game, and I thought the subs in Curtis Thompson and Daryl Horgan had a huge impact.

“It doesn’t always work out like that as we saw at Fleetwood, but it paid off tonight [January 11].”

Finally, the boss was impressed with the performance of Jack Grimmer who scored his first goal for the club in the away in the North West.

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The strike, which came in his 84th match for the club, was a brilliant, first-time curling strike with his left foot.

It was his first goal since May 2018.

The boss continued: “I will ask everyone to rewind to Wembley when Coventry got promoted, I think from League Two, and have a look at that goal.

“I don’t think there is too much difference apart from the shirt he is wearing.

“I think Jack only scores left-foot, top corner goals and if I am honest, it couldn’t have come at a better time as it eased the pressure off.

“Jack has been phenomenal.

“He has been a really good player for us, he knows his job, he executes what I ask and he’s a great lad to have in the squad.”