Afolayan: No Better Feeling

Match-winner Dapo Afolayan hailed ‘the best feeling’ in football after his dramatic late strike lifted the roof off at Fleetwood.

Afolayan netted in the 95th-minute to seal another memorable Wanderers’ fightback as the Whites secured a thrilling 2-1 win to go fifth in League One.

Ian Evatt’s men piled on the pressure as they tried to cancel out Carlos Mendes Gomes’ stunning early strike.

Connor Bradley finally made the breakthrough to make it 1-1 after 85 minutes before Afolayan calmly slotted home his injury-time winner to spark unbridled joy in the away end.

“There’s no better feeling in football than that – especially in front of the away fans,” said Afolayan after his fourth goal of the season saw Wanderers replicate their comeback wins over Accrington Stanley and Burton to re-claim a play-off place.

“Celebrating with our fans like that was special. It was so good to get that release and that emotion we showed at the end.

“When the ball came across from Josh I just needed to concentrate and put it in the bottom corner and I was already off. The shirt was coming off and everything!

“It was remarkably special. We said that afterwards – that’s the whole group. That’s no individua player, that’s everyone on the pitch who played.

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“They scored against the run of play, which is something that happens in football.

“We keep going and that feeling at the end is everything we deserved for everything we put into the game.

“We definitely deserved it. We’ve got good fighting spirit in this group. We’ve shown that a lot over the last couple of months and the season so far and it was great to pop up with two late goals again.

“No matter what happens we’ll keep going right to the death and I think we got our just rewards.”

Wanderers’ fightback means they have now lost just one of their last six league games as they begin to build back up a head of steam.

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And ahead of a weekend off due to the second round of the FA Cup, Afolayan is determined to keep the momentum going when Wanderers face Barrow in the last 32 of the Papa Johns Trophy at the University of Bolton Stadium on Tuesday night.

“It’s good when you have a break to end things in the league on a positive note,” he added.

“But for us, league or cup, we want to win every game and take every game as serious as each other, so we go into Tuesday night knowing it’s a chance to progress in another competition.

“Ultimately, we’re playing for a chance to go to Wembley and for any player or kid growing up that’s a dream, so we will be taking that just as serious.”


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