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Blooms: "An amazing feeling"

9 October 2013

Matt Bloomfield says he was on cloud nine after netting the winner on his first start in 14 months as the Blues beat Bristol City 2-1 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round.

The midfielder, who missed the majority of last season, ended his injury hell by scoring one and setting up another on a superb night for the Chairboys.

"I just loved being out there; the goal was a bonus to me," said Bloomfield.

"All I wanted from tonight was to win first and foremost and try to get as long as I can on the pitch with no repercussions.

"It's just nice to be back out playing. It's my first start in 13 and a half months - it's been a long time coming. I've been looking forward to that first start coming around so I wanted to get out there and enjoy my football again.

"I've missed it so much. It's my life so it's great to be back out there."

The 29-year-old’s fine strike from the edge of the area gave the Chairboys a 2-0 lead on the night after Billy Knott’s opener, with Brendan Moloney’s goal for the visitors early in the second half proving no more than a consolation.

And Bloomfield – who has been at the club for 10 years – admitted there were times when he doubted whether he would ever make a first-team return for the Chairboys.

He added: "You do doubt whether you’ll be back or not. I’ve had a strong team behind me with Theo and Dave Jones who I’ve been going to see in Oxford, and Gina the club doctor. 

"There were doubts along the way, but I kept the faith and I’m just glad to be back out there.

"It was such an amazing feeling to score in front of the Adams Park faithful, who I’ve had a special relationship with throughout my spell here.

"The lads have seen what I’ve been through over the last year and how hard I’ve worked to get back into the team.

"So it was great to get 45 minutes at Rochdale and 70 tonight, I’m managing to build up my resistance that way."

Chairboys chief Gareth Ainsworth, who used to room with Bloomfield on away trips, expressed his delighted at seeing the all-action midfielder return to the fold in such a positive manner.

He said: "He’s in his testimonial year and been out for a year, but he’s come back and shown what a real warrior he is for Wycombe Wanderers.

"He loves playing for this club, and he’s not just a great player, but he’s a great organiser too and his experience counts for years." 

By Sean Gallagher

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