Six-shooting Bolton Wanderers ace Andre Moritz aims to keep firing

Andre Moritz is determined to make up for lost time

Andre Moritz is determined to make up for lost time

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ANDRE Moritz hopes back-to-back home wins can set Wanderers off on a positive end to what has been a frustrating campaign for both the team and the Brazilian playmaker himself.

The 27-year-old rounded off Saturday’s derby demolition of Blackburn with the fourth goal at the Reebok to take his tally for the season to six – as many in the league as top scorer Jermaine Beckford.

The tally is even more impressive considering Moritz has started just five of his 16 Championship appearances due to a succession of injuries that have made it a stop-start first campaign in Bolton colours.

In total, he has been restricted to just 20 outings in all competitions and admits it has been as frustrating a spell as he has ever endured in his career.

Moritz said: “I am not going to lie, it’s been a tough season for myself, and frustrating.

“It got me thinking ‘what have I done wrong?’.

“I got injured, then I came back, then I got injured again.

“I was feeling really fit and then I get a dead leg in my hamstring.

“I have played professional football for 10 years and never heard of anyone getting a dead leg in their hamstring.

“It gets you thinking, is it bad luck or is it something I have done wrong?

“So, I have worked really hard in the last two to three weeks on my fitness.

“When you do the right things and concentrate on what you are doing, you have positive thoughts and with positive people around you I think positive things happen.

“It was my sixth goal but I want to get fitter and play more games. I want to help the club and my team mates.”

Moritz believes the impressive wins against Watford and Blackburn show the quality that is in the squad at the Reebok but concedes the team has not played to its full capabilities this season.

However, he is upbeat about the final quarter of the season and, as one of six senior players out of contract in the summer, he has plenty to play for now he is back fully fit.

Cementing a regular spot in the team is his first aim, though he knows there is stiff competition for places.

Moritz added: “You never know what might happen. We said after the game we take it step by step.

“There are still 13 games to go. You never know because anything can happen in this league. But we need to be realistic because we are still closer to the bottom than the play-offs.

“Let’s try to win every game we can. The reality is we need to get free from the relegation spots.

“If we keep winning, who knows what might happen?

“There is no chance this team will go down to League One because we have a good team and a good team spirit.

“From the first day I was here, I have always said we do have a great squad here and we’ve shown that in the last two games.

“It’s a shame we are where we are, but we know we were not good enough to be higher in the table.

“But the last two games have been great.

“Now we have found our way and the manager has found a way he wants to play.

“It’s a headache for the gaffer when you have lots of options.

“Whoever doesn’t play, I am sure they will respect and support those who are playing.

“That’s the most important thing because the gaffer likes to change the team, so you just need to be on your toes and be prepared.

“So, when the gaffer gives you the opportunity you need to take it and do your best.”

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