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Ayunga says Shrimps reaping rewards of recent performances

22 January 2022

Striker Jonah Ayunga says Morecambe’s 3-2 win over Wycombe Wanderers was deserved following recent performances.

Chairboys’ captain Adebayo Akinfenwa headed the visitors ahead after two minutes before captain Anthony O’Connor equalised six minutes before half-time.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side regained the lead on 53 minutes when Jack Grimmer’s volley struck the post and bounced home, though the Shrimps equalised just six minutes later when Cole Stockton’s shot was too hot to handle for David Stockdale and Ayunga pounced to level the game.

Seven minutes later and that man Stockton latched onto a pin point cross from Ayunga and struck first time the winner to fire Morecambe in front, netting his 20th goal of the season in all competitions.

“It is big to get the rewards we feel we deserve,” Ayunga said.

“Performances since the second half against Doncaster have been a lot, lot better than in recent weeks and we’ve not got the three points perhaps we deserve.

“We’ve got them today and hopefully we can kick on from there.

“I wouldn’t exactly say things went for us, but we dug deep and made sure we got the result.”

After a strong start to life at Morecambe, Ayunga was struck with injury and, after working hard to find his old form, he feels as though his performance today was one of his best in a Shrimps shirt.

He added: “It’s been tough recently, not getting the goals I want, but happy to get one today, I’ve been waiting a long while for it to come and I’m happy it came.

“[I was] happy to impact the game positively, get a goal, get an assist and obviously the win is the main thing.

“The way we defended the lead once we went ahead was unbelievable, they put us under a lot of pressure, long balls, I don’t think Akinfenwa lost a header all day.

“Dealing with that in the right way, the boys defended very well.

“It’s been up and down for me personally, but hopefully [I’m] picking up form at the right time now with, what is it, 19 games to go? It’s all to play for still.

“The boys, everyone believes we can get it done, so we’ve got everything to play for.


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