Beckford urged to get back to basics
JERMAINE Beckford had been advised by Dougie Freedman to “go back to basics” in an effort to kick-start his Wanderers career.
Without a league goal in his first seven appearances, the Jamaica international has come under particularly heavy criticism from frustrated Whites fans.
Beckford has one League Cup strike to his name since his summer move from Leicester City but after drawing another blank against Derby on Tuesday night, the 29-year-old was offered some words of solace from his manager.
“I do feel for Jermaine,” said the Scot. “He is trying too hard. I have been there.
“You watch his off-the-ball movement and it’s terrific. But I believe we can find him a little bit better with the ball.
“In the last 20 minutes he was desperate to get that goal and he’s turning on his own. He nearly beat a couple of men and he’s trying so hard.
“I spoke to him after the game and said ‘just simplify your game a little bit’.
“I think that is what is happening across the board right now – maybe even myself – we’re just so desperate to get that first win and get us up that table. Maybe going back to basics and simplifying it a little bit is the way to go.”
Wanderers are still waiting for one of their strikers to get off the mark this season, with Craig Davies and David Ngog also still yet to make their mark.
Freedman believes his side could be guilty of over-playing in the final third and has hinted that a slight change in style could bring more out of his front men. “There’s no way we can keep going with the amount of possession we are getting and the way we play our football that this can go on,” he said.
“I think maybe we have to simplify things a little bit 20 yards out. We need a few lay offs or crosses because I think we are trying too hard to please everyone. You cannot play the way we have in the last two home games and only take one point out of it. I feel for the lads a little bit because they are on the ball, playing good stuff.
“The crowd can see that and of course they are getting frustrated. They can also see that we need a break and that’s what we are just not getting right now.”