Adebayo Akinfenwa is desperate to score a winning goal at Grimsby after his superb exploits in front of goal in February were rewarded with just one point.The ‘Beast’ netted six times throughout the month but the first four of those – against Coventry, Crewe, Carlisle and Crawley – proved to be mere consolations in defeats.
He was at it again in midweek, scoring twice at Accrington – a game which may prove to be a turning point as the Blues earned a 2-2 draw to put an end to a frustrating run of losses.
“I thought I was bad luck!” he said afterwards in a live interview on the club’s Facebook page. “Every time I scored we seemed to lose, but it’s nice to get a point and now let’s go for all three on Saturday.
“Throughout my career I’ve always said that the team is most important, and individually we all have to do well for the team. Strikers are judged on goals and with Scotty (Kashket) being injured at the moment, people have to step up which is what I’m trying to do.”
The draw saw Wanderers recover from a half-time deficit to take a second-half lead before they were pegged back for a share of the points – a result which was tinged with a little disappointment in the away changing room.
“We had to stop the rot,” said Bayo. “We were very disappointed with the first half and some truths were spoken at half-time, and in the end we felt we could have got the three points. Over the last couple of games we haven’t got what we deserved, but a point was the very least that we deserved tonight.
“It was a mindset thing – at half-time we knew we had to run harder and fight harder. We were too passive in the first half, myself included. From the first minute of the second half, we gave an indication of what we wanted to do, and we got ourselves in front.”
Amidst the fame and publicity that follows the striker around his career, he’s doing his talking on the pitch with a superb run of form which has now yielded 16 goals in total so far this season, and he reserved praise for the quality of deliveries which have created the chances for him to score.
“I thrive off service and we’ve got real quality in the team to get the crosses into me. We didn’t get in the right kind of positions in the first half but it was a great cross from Harri which luckily I got my head on to, and then a great throw from JJ which I was able to chest down and swivel and get it in.”
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