Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth believes his side ‘deserved’ all three points following their 2-0 win over Oxford United.

A brilliant strike from Curtis Thompson just before the break and a cool finish by Brandon Hanlan in the second half, sealed the Chairboys’ third win in four games since the turn of 2022, which has sent them top of the League One table.

The match at Adams Park, which was coined as a derby, also saw Wycombe achieve their highest attendance of the season so far with 8,005 – 1,808 being for the away end.

Speaking after the win, Ainsworth said: “It was a big result in the derby that is not a derby.

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“It was a tough win which I think shows how far this club has come in regard to the standards of League One.

“We’ve gone top tonight, which is brilliant, there is a long way to go, but, to be amongst the names that we are amongst, is phenomenal.”

Going into the contest, Ainsworth made one change to the team that defeated Bolton on Tuesday night, as Sam Vokes was dropped with Thompson coming in.

It was revealed that the Welshman had s suspected positive Covid-19 test, meaning it was only the second league game this season he had not featured in.

However, despite the change of system and change in formation, Wanderers cruised to victory which has seen them go top of England’s third tier.

Ainsworth continued: “We had a big man on the bench, and we didn’t even need to put him on.

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“I thought some of the football we played was outstanding with Anis Mehmeti, Garath McCleary and Brandon Hanlan, what a front three that is.

“They were carving chances out and I thought we deserved the win.

“Curtis Thompson and Josh Scowen secure the play, they secure the shape we employed which was very attacking as we went 3-2-4-1.

“It was kind of in Oxford’s faces as we wanted to try and get them to play the ball long, whilst also having the chance to get the balls to Mehmeti and McCleary, whilst Hanlan at times played like the big man up top, but also, he had his running moments.

“They boys did really well and I am proud of them.”

On missing Vokes, Ainsworth said: “It wasn’t a difficult adjustment, it was a worrying adjustment because it’s something going away from us that we have done for a long time.

“I do have my big strikers, but, we don’t always have to play the way that people think we play, which we don’t play.

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"I thought the boys adapted well as the wingbacks got high in Jordan Obita, who of course was against his former club, and Jack Grimmer who had another cracking performance, and the back four, which includes David Stockdale, did so well in soaking up the crosses, and I thought we were great value for the result.”

Up next for Wycombe is an away trip to Morecambe on January 22, before they end the month with a home clash against MK Dons on January 29.