Ngog going for goals
DAVID Ngog believes Wanderers are on the verge of a goal rush after finally finding their stride in the Championship.
The Whites begin back-to-back home games with the visit of Crystal Palace tomorrow, and the French striker is keen to build on the glimpses of improvement witnessed in last weekend’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday by furthering an unbeaten home start.
Ngog has yet to hit the target this season but feels both he and strike partner Kevin Davies will soon be cashing in on the number of opportunities that are being created.
“It was an important result in Sheffield,” he told The Bolton News . “It is never going to be easy, even if it is at home, but if we do the same work , the same preparation, I think we can get the same three points against Crystal Palace.
“We have created lots of chances in the games so far and, of course, it’s important to put those in the net.
“I am aware of that as a striker, as every player should be. I think if we continue to create chances then everyone will score enough goals to win games.”
Ngog – linked with a loan move to Palace earlier in his Liverpool career – has scored just four times since his move from Anfield two summers ago.
But his worth to the team was illustrated by his role in Wanderers’ winning goal at Hillsborough last weekend, where, after chasing a lost cause, he hassled a mistake out of Martin Taylor before Kevin Davies teed up Mark Davies to score so spectacularly.
“Scoring goals is part of my job but you also have to work hard,” said the 23-year-old, who was visiting the Ferns Academy in Farnworth to speak with young pupils who have just started to learn French. “I'm always pleased for anyone who scores, and it was a great goal.”
Ngog missed the majority of pre-season with a niggling back problem but has started the last three games and now feels near to full fitness.
“It was difficult missing pre-season through injury and after that I have probably come back a bit quicker than I should have done,” he said. “But the staff did a good job and I certainly feel better.
“Pre-season is important to get to know one another and how we play – so I did miss that, and maybe only now I am able to improve things on the pitch.
“There is pressure on us because we have come from the Premier League and people expect us to win every game. But that is what we have to think as well.
“We want to be back in the top division, so we have to know how to win games, and I am glad I can now play my part.”