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Alex: I owe the gaffer a lot

Striker thankful after second Player of the Month triumph.

4 April 2019

Alex Samuel praised manager Gareth Ainsworth and claimed ‘I owe him a lot’ after the striker received the news that he had won the club's Rush High Wycombe Player of the Month award for March.

Samuel joined on a free transfer last summer after being released by League Two club Stevenage and after a successful trial period at the start of the season, finally penned a permanent contract in November.

Since his improved deal, the Welshman has gone on to win two Player of the Month awards in the space of five months - the most recent being voted for by guests at Tuesday's kit sponsors dinner - and is thankful to his manager for allowing him to develop his game in Buckinghamshire.

“It’s terrific; it’s always nice to be noticed," he said. "It’s more about the team though at the moment because it’s been a tough month regarding the late goals we’ve conceded, but we’ve got to look forward now to these massive seven games coming up and just take the challenge on and I have no doubt we will be fine.

“The gaffer took me on trial last August and when I first came here I hadn’t played since the Christmas before. I had eight months out without actually playing so I wasn’t great, my fitness wasn’t there, just everything wasn’t there.

“Testament to him, he kept me here, allowed me to get fit and show what I can do so I owe a lot to him."

Late goals have certainly proven to be an issue with Wanderers recently as goals beyond the 87th minute in three of their last four games have seen them drop seven points alone, but Samuel believes the team have got what it takes to turn their fortunes around.

“It’s tough. On Saturday you’re thinking 'how can this happen again?' and those are the thoughts that come to your head. It’s easy to dwell on that but the most important thing for us is to put it behind us; that is honestly the best thing we can do and focus on the next seven games.

“There’s nothing you can do now about those games which have gone, and we're focusing on some of the fine margins, and very small details which we know we can improve. If we tidy this up we’ll be fine and will be taking a lot of points in the upcoming fixtures.”

Despite the Chairboys’ rotten form of late, Ainsworth’s side have been impressive against the top sides in the division and Samuel is excited about the challenges Wycombe will face when Portsmouth and Charlton travel to Adams Park.

“With Pompey coming up on Saturday, and then Charlton on Tuesday, we’ve shown what we can do against larger teams and I think, regarding when we do well against them, that will then push us on to the final few games for the teams below us so I think these two games will really give us confidence to go into the last stage of the season.

“We’re just going to go into it with loads of confidence and do what we do with the skill, ability and hard work we have in this team. That’s going to keep us up, so we’ve just got to keep doing that and I have no doubt about it.”


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