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Bayo: keep the faith

12 September 2014

Dons striker has happy memories of Accrington

Bayo Akinfenwa is far from worried about failing to score in a Wimbledon shirt so far and he maintains belief that the Dons can do “something special” this season.

During an eight-minute interview for Dons Player ahead of the trip to Accrington, Bayo spoke passionately about his time at Wimbledon and said that meeting Dons fans from the other side of the world has inspired him.

The 32-year-old, who scored a hat-trick on his last visit to Accrington Stanley in November, 2012, with Northampton, is hoping for another positive outcome at the Lancashire venue tomorrow.

“I’m loving my time at Wimbledon,” said Akinfenwa. “I’m shouting people down with the amount of minutes I’ve been on the pitch. I’ve played nearly every minute of all six league matches. The only thing I’m trying to figure out is why I’ve not scored yet this season. I think I asked God to let me play more last season, but I don’t think I asked to score more goals so maybe I need to have a talk with the big man!

“The goals will come for me. I’m 32 now and I’m not a kid. I’ve averaged 15 goals a season since 2008 and I’m not panicking yet. When I am I’ll let you know! As a striker you are judged on goals, but as long as I’m making a contribution and a major impact then I’ll be happy. At the moment it’s like Matt Tubbs can walk on water and it’s a joy to play alongside him.

It would be good to get off the mark though and Accrington was a good place for me last time as I got my first hat-trick there. I’d settle for just the one this time! If we don’t turn up with the right attitude at Accrington we will get turned over though. We must match their work-rate.” “It’s a team game.

Akinfenwa met a Wimbledon fan from New Zealand after defeat to Stevenage and he has called on the club’s fans to keep believing that the players can achieve success.

“Our form since Luton has been indifferent, but we showed our fighting spirit in coming behind from 4-2 down at Carlisle to earn a draw,” Akinfenwa added. “There’s something special going on here and we need to keep the faith as a squad. If the fans and everyone connected with the club keep getting behind us then we can do something good this season. As a team we’ve been switching off in games and conceding goals, but we’re working hard every day in training to put that right.

“I hate talking in clichés, but it really makes you want to do it for the fans when people are travelling from the other side of the world to watch our games. We have fans travelling from New Zealand to watch us. We were on the train with fans going up to Carlisle last weekend and they were in great voice before and after the match. Now there’s another long trip to Accrington. I truly believe that AFC Wimbledon and Bayo Akinfenwa is a great fit and the fans can make a big difference. They can help us dramatically; if they keep believing and showing us love they can play a major part.”

  to hear the striker’s thoughts on this.Bayo’s challengeAs we previously announced, Bayo Akinfenwa will attempt to bench press Commercial Director Ivor Heller at the Paul Strank Roofing Charity Gala. Click on  

Dons Player subscribers can watch the full eight-minute video with Bayo Akinfenwa on our premium channel.

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