KAYODE ODEJAYI received praise from all quarters for snatching his opportunity at Bristol Rovers with both hands.
With Daniel Nardiello left out, Kieran Agard was preferred up front to Odejayi but his chance came in the second half when on-loan Daniel Kearns had to be replaced.
Up top with Alex Revell, Agard had made little impact in the first 45 minutes and should have picked a better pass when clear down the right hand side of the box. Agard switched into Kearns’ position and Odejayi went on to make an impact with the opener and then by flicking on for Lee Frecklington to smash in the second.
Midfielder David Noble has recently worked his way back into the reckoning and he was pleased to see Odejayi do the same.
Noble said: “He’s a great guy. He came on scored, set one up so he’ll be pushing for a start next Tuesday. The man is a monster on his day and he took his chance very well. We’re third with a game in hand and every game is massive at the minute. I think we’re all doing as much as we can and the effort at Bristol was superb.”
Odejayi had the opportunity to move on during January but declined a move to Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere Rovers as he felt he had unfinished business at the New York Stadium.
Manager Steve Evans believes that Odejayi reacted in the perfect way to being second choice to Agard. “There was nobody happier than the whole squad for Kayode. He’s a great professional around the place,” said Evans.
“When we named Kieran in the team I just watched him out of the corner of my eye and he was hugging him and wishing him well and he means it.
“When he had options to do different things a few weeks ago he made it very, very clear that he wanted to stay and help us fight for promotion.
“We felt that his power with him and Revell would have caused them problems and Kay’s goal came from the keeper spilling Alex’s shot.”