PROLONGING their Championship status until the final day represents a “phenomenal” achievement for Gareth Ainsworth, after Wycombe ended their home campaign with a 1-0 victory over Cherries.

Uche Ikpeazu’s superb strike saw the Chairboys overcome play-off bound Cherries which, coupled with results elsewhere, delayed a relegation that has long seemed inevitable.

Only a near-impossible set of circumstances, featuring a big win at Middlesbrough, a narrow victory for Sheffield Wednesday over Derby, dropped points for Rotherham and a staggering reversal of goal difference, would keep Wycombe in the second tier.

But keeping their heads above water for so long – largely thanks to four wins in seven games – is an achievement to be proud of for Ainsworth.

“This club is at 40 points. There’s no R next to our name,” said the manager, whose side have been bottom since December.

“It’s going to take until the last whistle of the last day for us to be relegated, if that happens. I couldn’t be prouder with that stat. It’s phenomenal.

“We’ve upset the odds once again, but the boys deserved the win. The goal was fantastic, the defensive display was brilliant and the work-rate from some of the boys was just brilliant.

“This excites me for next year, never mind next week. Five years ago, we were looking at the trap door in non-league and what an achievement that is.

“Hopefully we can finish this season with a cherry on top next week with a win.

“I can’t wait for the future of this football club. It’s really exciting. Wycombe aim to be back in the Championship at the end of next season, that’s what I want. That’s what I’ll be aiming for.

“We’re going to end up one or two points away from survival which honestly is beyond our wildest dreams.”