Chance to shine – News
Wanderers will miss Amadou Bakayoko on Saturday, but boss Ian Evatt believes Los Blancos have the power to score again.
Bakayoko is unavailable for Wanderers’ trip to Fleetwood Town after being called up for a training camp by Sierra Leone.
The leader is part of the Leone Stars squad in the United Arab Emirates and will return early next week after a friendly against Algeria B on Saturday.
That leaves Wanderers a striking option light for the game at Highbury Stadium when they look to add to the four points they have collected in their last two away games.
But Jon Dadi Bodvarsson could be involved to some extent after missing last Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Cambridge United through illness as Evatt assesses the best permutations to increase his side’s goal tally in the Absence of Bakayoko.
“We consider it an honor to play for your country. We have no problem with Baka going with Sierra Leone to play for them. We wish him well, we shake his hand and we will manage without him this Saturday,” the Wanderers boss said.
“In terms of offensive play and creating chances, we’re up there near the top of the league.
“We create as many good chances as most teams in this league. We just don’t take them.
“Therein lies the problem. Hopefully the hard work on the training ground will eventually put things right, that the players will find form, regain confidence and those goals will start to come in.
Wanderers drew in front of goal for the first time in six Cambridge games as they climbed out of the top six on goal difference.
But Evatt doesn’t want his leaders to overthink the matter as they look to lead a push to the play-off spots against a 16-seated Fleetwood sidee in the table but with just four league defeats to their name this season.
“We have to believe that these chances will eventually come to pass,” he added.
“We looked at some historical data on our forwards and the finishing chances they get.
“A lot of them are underperforming compared to their current career level. It happens sometimes and you go through those spells.
“But we will support them to turn the tide and strive to improve, to keep training, with positive messages, rehearsals on the training ground – all of those things and getting them back to scoring goals. regularly.
“Once they do, we believe we can continue on a very good form and move up again in this league.”
Bodvarsson will be watched after returning to training today (Thursday) following a bout of illness which also affected attacking midfielder Kieran Lee, among others.
Former Fleetwood midfielder Kyle Dempsey will miss a return to his former club due to a one-match ban for his sending off at Cambridge.
But MJ Williams is available after serving his own one-game suspension at Abbey Stadium.