Adebayo Akinfenwa says he believes the Wanderers have what it takes to continue their early season form throughout the campaign and secure a dream finale to his professional career.
The ‘Beast’, now 39, has confirmed his plans to retire from playing in the summer, and is the subject of a documentary series for which filming began last week.
“I’ve told all the boys that the ending has to be the way I want it to be!”, he joked. “I really do think we can achieve what we want to this season. We might need some luck down the road, and hopefully no big injuries, but we’ve got ability and togetherness here and fingers crossed I can walk off into the sunset with a big smile on my face,” he said after scoring his first goal of the season in the 2-0 win at Doncaster.
“It was nice to get off the mark for the season but the main thing was to get the three points,” he added, after being called into the side at late notice with Sam Vokes staying at home for the birth of his second child. “Congrats to Vokesy – he sent me a nice message and that goal was for him and little baby Heidi.
“I thought we outplayed them for the first 20-25 minutes, got our goals, and saw the game out. You’ve seen us do that down the years and we’ve evolved as a team. We throw different problems at the opposition and that shows the ability we’ve got. The bench is willing everyone on from the side and that’s the most powerful thing.
“We come in, we get the job done, and get out again. Maybe I savour the moment a bit more because it’s my last chapter this year, but I’m telling the younger boys to stay focused, get the three points and move on.”
Next up come Rotherham, who’ve also enjoyed an impressive start to the season after coming down from the Championship alongside the Chairboys last year.
“We know all about Rotherham. They’re relentless to play against. But there are no easy games in this division; Doncaster are bottom but that wasn’t easy. We know what’s coming and fingers crossed we come away with the result we want.”