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Kachunga Aiming For Cup Lift-Off

Wideman feeling good as he looks to deliver cutting edge for Wanderers

6 November 2021

Elias Kachunga is confident his first Wanderers’ goal is just around the corner as he aims to help the Whites launch an FA Cup run.

Kachunga is yet to open his account since arriving at the University of Bolton Stadium on the eve of the current campaign.

But the former Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday man – whose initial run of games for Wanderers came via the bench – feels his fitness and form is returning in a wide attacking role in Ian Evatt’s line-up.

And following an impressive performance in Wanderers’ 3-0 Papa John’s Trophy win at Rochdale on Tuesday night, the 29-year-old is again hoping to deliver the goods in Sunday’s first-round FA Cup tie against Stockport County.

“I’m playing a few games so my fitness is coming back and I’m feeling fresher and stronger,” said Kachunga.

“It was good to have this game and to win and for me, personally, to have 90 minutes in my legs and I’m looking forward to the next games.

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“If I keep working hard for the team and get in the position to score then the goals will come.

“As long as I can help the team with my assists or with my game I am happy.

“Goals will come but I’m happy as well if I help the team with other things.”

Wanderers ended a five-game winless streak against Rochdale and now embark on a run of four home games in their next five fixtures, with a home tie in the Papa John’s Trophy also set to be added to the mix.

National League outfit Stockport won’t make it an easy start as they look to balance cup progress with a planned promotion push under new boss Dave Challinor.

But Wanderers want to build their own momentum with Kachunga – set to play his first FA Cup game since a third-round tie with the Terriers in January, 2019 – keen to keep firing on all fronts.

“The FA Cup is a big cup. We’d love to have a run there,” he added.

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“It starts on Sunday so hopefully we’ll get the win and then in the next games we get some nice draws.

“There’s a lot of history in this cup and it’s another game for us to show how we are improving our game and to win at home.

“Cup games are never easy. They will come here to make it really hard for us so we have to be really concentrated and play our game.

“Every win is important to us, especially at home. We have a few games at home so we want to be really strong at home and it starts on Sunday.

“We had a difficult month last month and started this month with a win, which was really important for the team.

“I think we played really well and have to take this good feeling into the next games, on Sunday and then in the league.”

To watch the full pre-match interview with Elias, click HERE


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