Adeyemi hopes for promotion repeat
Norwich City midfielder Tom Adeyemi is hoping to feature in another League One promotion story – after taking a starring role in his current club’s latest victory.
The 19-year-old Adeyemi, on loan to Oldham Athletic until January, scored the crucial second goal in their televised 2-1 home victory over Milton Keynes Dons.
And though Paul Dickov’s team are just 12th in the table after 12 games, five points adrift of the top six, the young Canary believes that beating one of the early promotion contenders shows they are good enough to mount a challenge for a play-off place.
“I think we showed we can hold our own against teams like MK Dons,” said Adeyemi.
“Since I have come here we have generally done well against the better teams. We got a good point against Huddersfield and then beat MK Dons which I think shows the level we can achieve if we are at it every week.
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“We need to build on this result and maybe beat some of the lesser teams in the league.”
Adeyemi made 11 appearances for City during their League One title-winning campaign of 2009-10 before spending last season on loan at Bradford City. His goal against the Dons on Monday night was his first for Oldham – and, he hopes, the first of many.
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“It was obviously very special to get my first goal for Latics, especially here in front of the home fans and against a team like MK Dons who are one of the favourites to go up,” he told Oldham’s official website.
“There was a little relief as it was my first goal. I don’t think people have believed me in the last couple of weeks when I have told them I am a goalscoring midfielder. Now I hope I have proved I can chip in with a goal and hopefully I can now build on that and get a few more before January.”
Dickov was delighted with his players – and especially Adeyemi.
“I’ve been telling the players it’s all about believing in themselves,” he said. “Tom has been fantastic for us. He’s a 19-year-old who handles himself brilliantly on and off the pitch.”
Meanwhile City pair Steve Morison and Andrew Crofts helped improving Wales to a 1-0 victory in Bulgaria in their final European Championship Group G game last night. Morison got 69 minutes before being withdrawn while Crofts played the full game. A 45th minute goal from Gareth Bale settled the issue.