9:00am Tuesday 29th January 2013
By David Pye
WANDERERS striker Marvin Sordell says his scoring form in the FA Cup has given him a confidence-boosting shot in the arm to go and get goals in the Championship on a regular basis.
As he approaches a year at the Reebok Stadium, the England Under-21s star is first to admit he has not been as prolific as he would have liked in front of goal in his 16 appearances.
But a recent return of four goals in three cup ties against Premier League opposition in the shape of Sunderland and Everton has shown the fans what he is capable of and earned him praise from boss Dougie Freedman.
And the 21-year-old Londoner, who returns to former club Watford with the Whites on Saturday, is confident his second year with the club can be more profitable.
Sordell said: “I was delighted to score (against Everton) and I now just want to carry on.
“Their weaknesses got highlighted in the meeting before the game. “I knew if I could get to the front post I would have a great chance of scoring and my instincts took me there. “The ball came to me and I didn’t think twice.
“I have come here to score goals. I am a goalscorer and, hopefully, I can now carry on scoring goals.
“The fans have now seen what I am about. Like I said, that is what I have come here to do – put in good performances and score goals.
“I am glad that I can do that. I am hoping to now kick on and score some goals in the league.”
Unfortunately for Wanderers, Sordell’s fifth goal of the campaign counted for little as a stoppage-time John Heitinga strike for the Toffees sec-ured their passage into round five of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory.
It was a late blow that frustrated everyone connected with the Whites, not least Sordell, who felt the team deserved a second shot and a replay at Goodison Park.
But he hopes that even in defeat, the manner of the side’s display can give them something to build on when they return to Championship action at Vicarage Road.
The young frontman added: “I was delighted to score and we played really well, so it is a disappointing result bearing in mind how well we did and how long we had them on the back foot.
“I think we at least deserved a replay. We dominated most of the game.
“Unfortunately they got a goal with one of the last kicks of the game which was disappointing after we worked so hard to get into that position to earn a replay and we were unlucky not to do that.
“But I think we can take a lot from the game.
“It was a really positive performance and I hope we can take this into the league now.”
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