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Keates: 'time for Josh to push on'

27 February 2019

Manager Dean Keates believes now is the time for striker Josh Gordon to put his stamp on the team, with fellow forwards Morgan Ferrier and Andy Cook unavailable.

Ferrier, 24, is currently out with a hamstring injury, while Cook, 28, is suspended for the next three games following his straight red card against Bradford City.

And with both strikers not available, Keates is looking for Gordon to push on following his two goals in the 3-2 win over the Bantams.

“Now is the time for Josh to push on,” said Keates. “He has been in and out of the team and a lot of the time Josh comes in and does a lot of unseen work.

“He helps us out on the defensive side massively.

“At the start of the season, there was a lot of focus on Morgan and then as we moved into the middle of the season there was a lot of focus on Cooky.

“Morgan is still out with an injury and Cooky is now suspended. Josh has now got the chance to use his performance against Bradford as a platform to show he can be the main striker for the tail end of the season. 

“We are talking about a lad who has had 15 months with Leicester but has still come from non-league. He is still a very raw player.

“We brought him in because we have seen that there is something there to work with and develop.

“In the games he has played, he has done everything we have asked really well. He is a very honest lad, he wants to listen and he wants to learn.

“He comes in every week and he wants to see his clips, he always wants to get better.

“It was all about him settling in this season but he showed in that game against Bradford what he can do.

“It’s all about trying to get a consistent level now and hopefully that can be obtained over the rest of the season.” 


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