25 June 2016
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Britt Assombalonga

Britt delighted to be back in final

Peterborough United hot-shot Britt Assombalonga is hoping for a role-reversal as he returns to Wembley for a second Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final in as many seasons.

March 2014

The 21-year-old was on the losing side in last season’s showpiece final, a 2-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra forming part of a loan stint at Southend United from Watford.

Assombalonga swapped the Hornets for Peterborough in the close-season in a club record £1 million-plus move and has justified the outlay with 27 goals already this season.

He would love to add that tally on the grand stage of Wembley against Peterborough’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists Chesterfield and is determined to atone for last season’s disappointment.

“It was great to play at Wembley last season but the result was a setback,” said the popular striker.

“It’s all about trying to put that right this season and get the victory which would mean a lot for the club and the fans.

“It’s a great feeling to be going back to Wembley. It’s every boy’s dream to play there and for me to do it twice at a young age is brilliant.

“It’s going to be a great day but we are in for a tough game because Chesterfield are having a fantastic season themselves.”

Assombalonga insisted he wasn’t fazed by the hefty price tag Peterborough paid for his services over the summer, but is delighted to have repaid the faith shown in him by manager Darren Ferguson.

“It’s not something which was on my mind too much but it’s nice to have scored this many goals and hopefully there are a few more to come,” he added.

“I honestly didn’t set myself a target at the start of the season and I’m not going to change that now.

“Scoring on my debut against Swindon was pleasing and took the pressure right off and I’m glad I’ve been able to build on it.”