Match-Winner Josh Wants More

Josh Dacres-Cogley congartulations

Josh Dacres-Cogley hopes there’s more to come after being confirmed as Wanderers’ match-winner last time out in the league.

The Whites’ clinching goal in their 2-1 victory over Derby County a fortnight ago was originally credited as an own-goal to Rams’ midfielder Tyrese Fornah.

But the EFL’s dubious goals panel reviewed the footage and ruled that it should belong to Dacres-Cogley after his cross took only the slightest deflection before looping under the bar and into the far corner of the net.

The summer signing is therefore off the mark in his Wanderers’ career and keen to add to just a third career goal and first since scoring for Tranmere Rovers in August, 2022.

Josh Dacres-Cogley run

“It’s been overdue,” said Dacres-Cogley, who got on the scoresheet during pre-season and has continued to look a goal threat in his right wing-back role with the Whites.

“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to get a goal. Sometimes you need a bit of good fortune and it dropped in.

“It means a lot. I want to keep adding to it now and building with the lads. It got us the win and there’s no better feeling than doing that.

“After the goal you want to keep on going and try and keep that run going. I’m ready to get back out there.”

Wanderers return to action following their international break at Reading this afternoon (Saturday), with Ian Evatt’s men sitting second in the table after an impressive start to the season.

“We’ve definitely got more to come. I think we can be a bit more ruthless and put teams to bed when we have the opportunity."
Josh Dacres-Cogley

Dacres-Cogley has played a big part as an ever-present in League One.

The former Birmingham City man has also been involved in each of Wanderers’ cup ties in clocking up the most minutes played so far in the Whites’ squad.

And he is looking to pick up where he and the team left off by backing up their win over Derby when they take on a Reading side looking to re-group following relegation and the financial issues that have led to docked points.

“We were always looking at that (Derby fixture) as a game we needed to win, especially after the Wigan game,” added Dacres-Cogley, whose only taste of defeat in the league with Wanderers came against the Latics.

Josh Dacres-Cogley applause Derby

“We need to be able to beat these so-called bigger teams in the league to give ourselves the best chance of staying up there and getting promoted.

“It’s exactly the same thing (on Saturday). They have a lot of good players and a good way of playing. They do try to make it hard for teams, but we’ve got our plans and we’ve got to put them together on Saturday.

“We’ve definitely got more to come. I think we can be a bit more ruthless and put teams to bed when we have the opportunity.

“But I think we’re in a good position. I think everyone is buzzing for the games to come around and we’re ready.”

Josh's full pre-match interview is available to watch on Wanderers TV

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