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Duo eye continued good form at Walsall

Alex Samuel and Dominic Gape can't wait for matchday.

26 October 2018

Alex Samuel and Dominic Gape enjoyed mixed fortunes on Tuesday night - one was Man of the Match, the other missed out through suspension - but both are united in their belief that the Chairboys can continue their recent form at Walsall on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Speaking to Wycombe Sound at Thursday's press session, Samuel was still on cloud nine following an excellent League 1 debut for the Chairboys in the 3-0 win over Rochdale, and says his team-mates can carry extra belief into the game at the Banks's Stadium after a run of three wins in four:

"We want the game to come around as quickly as possible - we're enjoying our football and we want the three points," he said. "I loved every second of the game on Tuesday; I was really blessed to be able to play and make my League 1 debut, and it was a good night all round."

The striker came in for Craig Mackail-Smith, who was rested following his match-winning exertions against Scunthorpe three days earlier, and while Samuel knows he is potentially fighting against the senior professional for a place in the starting line-up, he has nothing but admiration for the Wanderers number 9.

"He's an excellent professional - a real role model to me. He's a great player to look up to, he never stops working and I love those sorts of players in a team.

"Also Adebayo Akinfenwa is brilliant to have around the place. I used to watch him play for Swansea when I was a kid as I was a Swansea fan and used to go to matches. He's such a big part of the changing room and everyone brings something different to the team which is important," he added.

Meanwhile Gape was restricted to following the win over Rochdale on the live stream on iFollow, but is itching to get back amongst the action a week after his goal helped kickstart that dramatic comeback against Scunthorpe:

"We know we've got some really good players here with a magnificent mix of experience and youth, and things are going well for us at the moment. We'll keep working hard to pick up points.

"We've been proving once again that we can punch above our weight with the last couple of results, and that's what we want to carry on into the next game."

His stunning strike against Scunthorpe was his first goal since the effort that clinched promotion at Chesterfield in April, and he reckons he was due one:

"I've been unfortunate in recent times - I think I've hit the bar more times than I've scored! So it was nice to see one go in. Our first 10 minutes weren't the best and we were two goals down with a mountain to climb, and that meant we had to fight back.

"For me personally I've been working hard on the mental side of the game with Dobbo (assistant manager Richard Dobson) which I think is really important. I'm loving being part of this team and playing in League 1 and I just want to keep it going."


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