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4 February 2014

Gills striker Bayo Akinfenwa looks forward to tonight's clash with Stevenage

Gillingham take on Stevenage in Sky Bet League 1 this evening and in-form striker Bayo Akinfenwa can’t wait to get back into action, saying, “I’m good to go. My scoring record has been quite decent when I’ve started. We trained well on Monday so I’ll go and relax and if the gaffer picks me I’m raring to go.

“Stevenage are a physical team and I think this League has shown that anybody can beat anybody on their day. If you don’t prepare and turn up right then you can get undone. It’s going to be a tough game but if we go in with our minds right and do what we know we can do, get our basics right and keep the work ethic up, then hopefully we can get a result in the game.”

Bayo took his tally for the season to seven goals with a brace in Saturday’s 3-2 home win over Port Vale but the modest forward was quick to praise his team mates contribution adding, “The first one was a great ball by Bradley Dack, it hit my head and went in. The second one was an even better ball by Bradley that hit my head and went in too.

“I’ve can only really give it up to Dacky, his all-round performance on Saturday was immense. I did get Man of the Match which I’m thankful for but I gave my bottle to Dacky because his performance on the day was pure class. There were a lot of positives to take from the game and we’re in a good position at the moment.

“I think Cody McDonald is the best striker in this League. I could be a bit biased because we’re really good friends away from the pitch but at the moment he’s flying. He is a really good finisher, a hard worker and he’s terrorising most defences.

The Gills are 11th in the table going in to tonight’s match and Bayo believes that the team are hitting form under Peter Taylor,  he continued, “I think when a new manager comes in it takes time for everybody to be on the same wavelength and I think we are getting there.

“We’re not quite there yet but we’re all trying to sing off the same hymn sheet. From day one the team spirit has been class so the real task has been combining the gaffer’s ethos of playing football with ours and getting it together. I think we’re getting that and the fans have been immense too.

“We need them and I think they have to realise that they are a big part in our performances. At home when they are with us they are our 12th man. The home form is good at the moment and long may that continue.”

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