Former Queens Park Rangers, Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has praised his former winger, Gareth Ainsworth, after the latter managed his 500th game in charge of Wycombe Wanderers.

Ainsworth took charge of his milestone match on March 5, as his side defeated Crewe Alexandra 3-1 at Gresty Road.

A double from Lewis Wing and a Sam Vokes strike sealed the points for the Chairboys in what was an important win against the League One basement team, as Wycombe re-entered the play off places, going into the final stretch of the season.

The victory has lifted Wycombe from seventh to fifth as they move onto 61 points, just 11 points off the automatic promotion places with 10 games remaining.

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And Holloway, who signed Ainsworth at QPR in the summer of 2003 following his release from Cardiff City said: “Well, having been his manager for a while at QPR, it’s very difficult to describe him.

“He was the most unorthodox winger.

“His hair was unruly, the way he played was unruly and his personality is all about believing and being positive and the biggest credit I could give him is, he would make you believe you were alive even if you were dead.

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“That’s how great he is.”

Out of his 500 games as Wanderers boss, Ainsworth has won 195 times, has drawn on 126 occasions and has tasted defeat in 179 matches.