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Adebayo: "It's more of a collective achievement"

18 December 2020

Walsall striker Elijah Adebayo feels the support of the team behind him has aided his fine goalscoring form.

The 22-year-old has scored in each of his last three games and has taken his tally to eight for the season so far.

Adebayo explained how he has adapted to playing up front on his own and also highlighted the importance of the collective effort of the team but he has been pleased to chip in with a handful of goals recently.

"I'm always happy to contribute to the team because the team is most important,” Adebayo said.

"There's responsibility and some people say it is pressure - I don't think it's really pressure, it's just about playing with a team behind you that's going to support you all the way.

"Everyone is playing for the shirt, not just the starting XI. Everyone wants to get into the team, everyone wants to play.

"It's more of a collective achievement moving forward.

"Playing up front on my own is about being clever. It's about controlled aggression and not always being hot-headed and angry.

"I'm a player that uses my brain and tries to work out the opponents.

"I know my team will support me.”

The Saddlers take on Port Vale on Saturday, a team Adebayo netted twice against last season.

He is expecting another tricky test but is looking forward to tomorrow’s match.

"Port Vale will always be a tough encounter,” Adebayo commented.

"They have good players, a strong squad. They're a physical squad.

"They've obviously not had the best form of results recently but like any team if you pick up a few results the tide will turn.

"I've had a few good games against Port Vale but like any game I'm looking forward to it.

"There's not a team that we should fear in this league. We need to do what we normally do and let our quality show after we've pressed hard and worked hard.”

You can watch Saturday's game against Port Vale live on iFollow by purchasing a match pass here.


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