Winning The Name Of The Game For Shola

Shola Shoretire hopes his first Wanderers’ goal is on the way but knows winning remains the name of the game.

Shoretire is yet to score since his January loan signing from Manchester United.

But the exciting19-year-old has added an extra spark to the Whites’ attacking threat and lit up the University of Bolton Stadium when he helped Ian Evatt’s men to a second successive 5-0 win in his last home appearance against MK Dons.

“That was a great feeling, looking around and clapping the fans,” said Shoretire, whose ability to run with the ball and pick a pass has supporters on the edge of their seats.

“It was a very good game. We did well to get another 5-0 and it was a great game to be part of.

“Even though I was coming off I was still happy to get that ovation.”

He added: “I’ve come close (to scoring)! The two penalties I won at Peterborough, Dion took them as a top scorer and to get the hat-trick, so I was happy for him.

“There are a lot of games left. The main focus is to win but a goal would be brilliant.

“That’s a big part of my game as well, not only scoring but creating chances and trying to get assists and helping the team to win because that’s the positron we’re in now. We need to just keep winning.

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“If it’s me scoring the goals, or someone else, as long as we win that’s the main focus.”

Wanderers had won five in a row in League One before last Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Wycombe Wanderers checked their momentum inside the play-off zone.

The Whites have since booked a place in the final of the Papa Johns Trophy with their mid-week win at Accrington Stanley when the cup-tied Shoretire joined a willing supporting cast.

The England U19 international will be back on duty tomorrow when Wanderers entertain Port Vale in pursuit of more league points.

And he hopes the Whites can continue to challenge on two fronts with success in the Trophy going hand-in-hand with a potential top-six finish and the prize that could bring.

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“You want to play every game and I’d never turn a semi-final down,” Shoretire said.

“It was just great to support them, even though I can’t play. I’m rooting for us to go gone and win it and I think we can win it.

“Even if it wasn’t compulsory, we’d all be there by choice because we’re a strong team.

“Since I’ve been here I’ve seen the team getting stronger and stronger – even with the setback last week when we lost. We stuck together, went over it and got back to winning ways at Accrington.

“We can’t look too far ahead. Our focus is just to win as many games as possible and whatever happens, happens.

“We’re on a good run. I’m confident we can get in the top six. I think we have a very good chance and as long as we all focus I think we could get there with the strength of the team.”


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