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Gordon: I'll Play Anywhere

Emergency right-back happy to do what it takes to help Wanderers overcome injury problems

26 November 2021

Liam Gordon insists he would play anywhere to help Wanderers ride out their current injury crisis and keep climbing the table.

With the Wanderers’ squad severely stretched, Gordon made his first ever appearance as a right-back against Doncaster Rovers in mid-week.

The 22-year-old left-footer – who normally operates on the opposite side of the back line – turned in an impressive performance in a 3-0 win.

And he’s ready to answer the call again with boss Ian Evatt preparing a side to face Cheltenham Town at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday with just 12 fit and available senior players.

“Attacking I didn’t feel out of position. I didn’t feel uncomfortable,” said Gordon, who helped set up the opening goal with a pacy burst from the back.

“There are a lot of things I’ve got to learn in that position but I enjoyed every moment of it – especially helping the team attacking and defensively to get the three points.

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“I wouldn’t turn down the chance to play anywhere on the pitch. As long as I’m on the pitch and helping the team out right now in this time we’re going through is something I think anyone would do – down to the youth team.

“Everyone would take the opportunity to play and help the team out, just so that we can get the three points on a Saturday or a Tuesday night.”

Gordon has made a dozen first-team starts this season since returning from a loan spell back at former club Dagenham and Redbridge.

Evatt believes the Guyana international has all the attributes to make it back at Wanderers.

And Gordon is looking to seize the chance to add to his match-time as the Whites look to defy the numbers’ game and secure a third-successive home league win against an in-form Cheltenham side sitting a point and a place above Evatt’s men.

“Before the game the other night, the gaffer just said to me ‘belief in yourself’ and he always tries to instil that into me,” added Gordon.

“It’s something I’ve got to keep on installing into myself and believing it because I know I can do it.

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“Tuesday night was a massive confidence booster for me. I’ve just got to carry on believing in myself for every game.

“It is an opportunity for myself and a lot of other players coming in and we’ve all got to grab it as much as we can.

“The morale in the camp is high. It always is on the back of a win but especially in the current state we’re in in terms of players.

“Everyone is together and getting around each other, including the injured players because they’re the ones that need it most and they’re the ones that are suffering.

“We don’t want to use this as an excuse – the fact that we haven’t got as many players as we wanted.

“We believe we’ve got a strong enough team and players to come in and affect the team so we can get the three points on a Saturday.

“That is our aim – to stay in and around it and push as high up the table as we can.”

To watch a full pre-match interview with Liam, click HERE


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