Jermaine Beckford can come back from goal drought
JERMAINE Beckford’s long wait for a league goal at Wanderers will not affect his confidence, according to Dougie Freedman.
The summer signing hit the post against Blackpool on Tuesday night and saw a late claim for a penalty turned down by referee Neil Swarbrick.
His struggles have been symptomatic of Wanderers’ own poor start, but Freedman reckons the former Everton and Leicester City man will not let his bad luck in front of goal get him down.
“I know Jermaine very well and, trust me, his head is always up. He’ll be fine,” the manager said.
“He is very confident and he will score goals. I think he led the line very well (at Blackpool) and had great movement.
“He’s gelling in but we’re all having a rough time at the minute.
“It doesn’t mean he’s a bad player or I’m a bad manager, we’re just going through a spell right now where we are all suffering together. But there is a desire there and I can see that in abundance.”
Meanwhile, Marvin Sordell is being tipped to keep on scoring after breaking his league duck for Charlton on Tuesday night.
The on-loan Wanderers striker netted in a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest to double his season tally for the Addicks, following a goal against Huddersfield Town in the Captial One Cup last month.
And though the former England Under-21 man has struggled early on in his stay at The Valley, Charlton manager Chris Powell believes the strike could signal a change in fortune.
“There’s a good player there,” said Powell.
“He’s kept his counsel and hasn’t had too many chances, but I’m pleased that he has got his goal now.
“Goalscorers want to get goals; they want to get off the mark.
“I thought his performance warranted a goal and he could have got more. “I’m pleased for him and hopefully that will be the catalyst for him to push forward with his form and get goals for us.”