Jay Spearing has a head for Bolton Wanderers fights
WANDERERS’ midfield warrior Jay Spearing never got a chance to “do a Rooney” and tweet a picture of his gruesome head injury – he was too eager to get back out on to the pitch.
When the Scouse terrier caught a nasty blow just above his eye in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Yeovil, medical staff advised him to call time on his afternoon.
The cut – which eventually required six stitches – was considered too deep to patch up by the Whites medical staff, who advised a substitute be sent on.
But, desperate to play his part, Spearing rushed off down the tunnel with the instruction to “do what you can.” And a good job he did, as moments later, Marc Tierney was forced off with a broken foot, leaving the side momentarily down to nine men with only one replacement remaining.
“I didn’t really realise what was going on,” said Spearing, still nursing the scars of last Saturday with the addition of a huge black eye to boot.
“The doctors were telling me it was a really deep cut but it didn’t really bother me at the time. I just wanted to come back on.”
Asked whether he had considered sporting a Rooney-esque headguard in the midweek game at Blackpool, the scowl on his face said it all.
After Wanderers’ wretched start to the season, the final throes of the Yeovil game along with a hard-fought 90 minutes at Bloomfield Road have given cause for some optimism inside and outside the camp.
Much of that came from the arrival of three loan signings, Kevin McNaughton, Liam Feeney and Neil Danns – who was ironically denied his own debut by Spearing’s steadfast refusal to come off the pitch last weekend.
Wanderers’ captain-elect is encouraged by the grit shown in the last couple of games.
“The gaffer has made a few changes and the lads who have come in on loan have really stepped it up,” he admitted.
“The team are together. We know we have got to help one another out.
“I thought we did enough to win at Blackpool. The lads grafted so hard, defended as a unit when we had to and they never really caused Adam (Bogdan) massive amounts of problems, just distance shots which we know Adam is very comfortable dealing with.
“But we got behind their back four a few times and created some good opportunities.
“Away from home, keeping clean sheets is always going to give us chance to nick a goal, and Becks (Jermaine Beckford) is always looking to get that goal for us.”
The topic of Beckford is a sore one, at present, among Whites fans, whose opinion seems to be split between those who feel he will come good when he gets his first league goal and those who question whether the prolific scoring he exhibited at Leeds United has now run dry.
Spearing falls very much into the former camp and has asked fans to keep faith.
"If he keeps getting into those positions one of those is going to hit the back of the net,” he said. “Once he does we will get a roll on and move up the league.
“We truly believe that and Becks believes that himself. He perhaps just needs one to hit him on the back of the head and go in and he will kick on from there.
Birmingham present the last opponents heading into another international break and they warmed up for tomorrow’s clash with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Millwall.
But Spearing sees no reason why St Andrew’s cannot be the ground where Wanderers finally grab a first league win of the campaign.
“They are going really well but if we play like we did at Blackpool and stay tight as a unit, we know when we go forward, we can create a lot of chances and cause a lot of teams problems,” he added.