Wanderers forward Alex Samuel explained that it “meant the world” to score his first goal of the season, as his strike finalised a well-deserved Chairboys victory against Preston North End in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Welshman acknowledged that Wycombe had learnt a lot from their previous encounter against Middlesbrough, in which the Chairboys also took an initial lead: “I think we learnt a lot from our mistakes in that getting an early goal is important, but we need to keep pressing on.
“Early goals are massive. They set the tempo of the whole game and we managed to kick on. That’s what we did really well today, especially to kill the game off.”
The striker revealed that Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth had a simple message for him, as he was introduced into the game with fifteen minutes to go: “He told me to close the game out because 3-1 can be a tricky scoreline if they go and get a goal back which means you’re walking on eggshells.”
Former Preston player Daryl Horgan played the pass to put Samuel through in on goal and the Welshman was hugely complimentary of his provider: “He’s a brilliant player here especially in those little pockets. When he picks the ball up, he is so creative, and his pass really created the goal for me so hats off to him.”
Samuel was also full of praise for the new Wycombe striker Admiral Muskwe who was making his debut: “He was brilliant today. You can tell the quality is just oozing from him. He created the first goal for Fred (Onyedinma) and he’s a brilliant addition to the team. I’m really excited to see him play more.”
With the arrival of Muskwe, Ainsworth is now spoilt for choice with attacking talent, but Samuel is delighted with the friendly competition: “It makes me want to work even harder, but it’s a special atmosphere here because we all want each other to succeed and do well.
“The culture here isn’t about stepping on each other’s toes because if they’re playing you want to encourage them and you’re really happy if they do well. That’s what it’s like at this club which is very rare.”
As Wycombe progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup, Samuel joked that he would take any one of the potential opponents on offer: “Obviously it would be great to get a big name because the fourth round is brilliant, we’ll just have to see what happens!”
The draw for the Emirates FA Cup’s fourth and fifth-round is scheduled to start at 19:10 pm tonight across the FA’s social media and BT Sport.