Elias Kachunga has played at the highest level but says it doesn’t get any better than Sunday’s win at Wembley.

The experienced forward was on target early in the second half, keeping his cool to slot past Callum Burton after pouncing on a defensive error.

Kachunga also scored an important goal at Accrington in the semi-final and hailed his team-mates for bringing their A game on the biggest stage.

“We showed good character, and it was a great performance in a stadium like this. It is not every day you play here and perform like this,” he explained.

“The supporters came in such great numbers so it was great to give them something back. I have been here before (with Huddersfield) and won, so to score is always good for a striker.

“We said we had to go from the first minute, be aggressive and push straight away. It made it so much easier when we scored that quickly.

“Over the last few games against the bigger teams, we knew we had to change something. We showed today we could do it, we just have to do it consistently.”

It was a special occasion for the club after a tough few years and highlights the progress made since Ian Evatt took charge at the UniBol.

Kachunga is determined to build on the victory and keep the pressure on the sides above them in League One during the business stage of the campaign.

“Every footballer’s dream is to perform on a stage like this,” he added. “It is Wembley, so much history. To play a final, win and score a goal, it cannot get better. 

“We will enjoy this but then we focus on the league to stay in the play-off places.

“It is a big gap to the top two. But we want to finish the season really strong and look forward to the play-offs.

“If we perform like this, it is hard to play against us. We must keep pushing each other. We had some players who didn’t play so it gives us more firepower. We must focus to play like this again.”

Kachunga impressed throughout against the Pilgrims, linking up effectively with strike partner Dion Charles.

“It is one of my better ones (for Bolton),” he said. “Scoring makes it even better. 

“I have had a few good performances which sometimes go under the radar. But my team-mates and the coach know what I can give to the team.

“People who know football know what I can give to the game. I am happy the gaffer gave me the opportunity to play and it was great to grab it with both hands.”