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Adebayo Akinfenwa was subbed on Saturday after putting Gillingham on course to victory against Port Vale

Adebayo Akinfenwa Picture: Barry Goodwin
Adebayo Akinfenwa Picture: Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor always had faith in Adebayo Akinfenwa’s ability.

The Gills boss must now decide whether to start the two-goal striker against Stevenage on Tuesday night.

Big striker Akinfenwa struggled to force his way into the Gills team during the early weeks of Taylor’s tenure at Priestfield.

But he’s proved his worth and scored two more goals in the win against Port Vale.

Taylor said: “I knew that if you can get the ball into Bayo he’s a handful – and that’s what he is.

“There’s teams that sometimes stop you getting the ball to him but he’s a terrific back-to-goal player, which I always knew to be honest with you.

“I’ve been in charge of teams against Bayo so I knew about him a lot. He’s a great lad and he takes everything you say on board.

“There’s times he doesn’t start, there’s times he’s going to come off the bench and there’s times where we’ve got to agree which is the best thing to do.

“He’s been absolutely first class and I’m delighted for him to get the two goals.”

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