Bolton Wanderers strikers are in the firing line
WANDERERS’ misfiring strikers have been told to buck up their ideas after drawing yet another blank against Yeovil Town on Saturday.
Dougie Freedman admits he is worried about the form of front men Jermaine Beckford and David Ngog, neither of whom has scored in a league game this season.
An injury time header from Alex Baptiste snatched a point at the Reebok, sparing the Whites’ blushes, and the full-back now tops the club’s scoring charts with three goals.
After watching his side spurn a glut of gilt-edged opportunities to sink the Glovers, Freedman has told his first-choice strikers Ngog and Beckford that their goal return must improve.
“Yes. Of course it is (a worry),” he said after the game. “You would like to think that your goalscorers are in the team to score goals. I think we have enough opportunities and our approach play is very good.
“We have the ball around the box a lot more than I can ever remember last season. I feel that the strikers we have – David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford – once they get one, they’ll go on a run. But it’s getting that one.
“I said to them after the game that they have to get themselves in the firing line and keep going because we need them to be converting these chances right now.”
Wanderers have now gone nine games without a win but lifted themselves off the foot of the Championship table on goal difference from Barnsley.
Supporters made their feelings known throughout the game – although much of their ire was aimed towards chairman Phil Gartside and the Whites hierarchy.
Freedman was encouraged by the backing given to the players after Adam Bogdan’s howling error 11 minutes from time seemed to have sent his side to an embarrassing defeat.
“The crowd got behind us and then a few things happened,” the manager said. “I think in the last 10 minutes of that game, the club showed they were up for a fight.
“Results will come and go, there will be speculation and everything else. But the fans showed something today when they got behind the players and got the goal back – it started something we haven’t seen this season.”