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Stewart: "It feels great to be back"

Defender discusses the win over Forest Green Rovers.

4 September 2017

Anthony Stewart was back with a bang at Adams Park on Saturday, with a goal and a Man of the Match performance vs Forest Green Rovers.

The defender, who made his return to action in the 3-2 win at Grimsby the week previously after recovering from an ankle injury sustained in pre-season, gave an exemplary performance in the heart of the defence at the weekend.

As well as adding his experience to the backline, Stewart also showed his eye for a goal with a well taken finish to put the Chairboys 2-0 up in front of the terrace.

After being frustrated by injury for much of the first half of the calendar year, the centre-half is thrilled to be back in action.

"It feels great to be back, I haven't played much football since February so I'm buzzing to be back out there and it's great to get two wins and a goal as well," he said.

"When the ball dropped I knew what I was going to do, and as long I got a yard I was always going to take a shot and luckily it's gone through the keeper's legs to put us 2-0 up.

"We did our homework against Forest Green, pressing them in the right areas and were clincal when we had our chances."

Stewart has had new defender and skipper Adam El-Abd alongside him in his first two league games back in the side, and feels like that partnership will continue to flourish in the weeks ahead, as will his own fitness.

Despite a strong performance from the Wanderers defence, they were denied a first clean sheet of the season vs Forest Green, when Christian Doidge headed in after his original effort bounced back to him off the post.

Although disappointed to concede on Saturday, the defender feels clean sheets are just around the corner.

"It's a little disappointing not to keep the clean sheet because that is what I play to do but we were unlucky not to get it so hopefully in the next game at Newport we can get it.

"I feel like I am getting there game by game, getting gradually fitter by working hard in training and hopefully soon I'll get back to the level where I was at.

"Playing with Adam is good as he gives me a lot of information and we've just got to keep getting to know each other's game and work on that partnership."

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