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Goalscoring Spark

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09:00 16th December 2013

McAlinden eyes further chance

Liam McAlinden is confident that a return to the goalscoring trail will see Wolves spark back into form for the busy Christmas schedule.

The 20-year-old frontman came on as a half time substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against MK Dons, having been recalled from a successful loan spell with Shrewsbury.

McAlinden showed some good touches and also went close with two powerful left foot strikes, but were ultimately unable to find a way through an opposition defence for the third time in four matches.

Head Coach Kenny Jackett has already indicated that finding more goals is one of his main priorities, and McAlinden is confident that can come from within the ranks.

“When you come on at half time you are expected to make a difference,” he said.

“I didn’t take my chances on Saturday but wasn’t too far away.

“Hopefully against Rotherham there will be more and we can take them and return to winning ways.

“Goals do help confidence,

“I have been scoring recently and certainly feel I am not lacking in confidence.

“There might have been a bit of a dry spell here but it might only need the one to get going as we’ve got some good goalscorers here.

“As soon as we start kicking on and all the strikers start getting goals we will be right up there at the top.”

McAlinden believes he benefitted strongly from his loan spell with the Shrews, which has helped him adapt to what is required in Sky Bet League One.

And he says he is ready to take his chance.

The gaffer has recalled me from Shrewsbury and he wants me to try and score goals,” he added.

“I had a few chances on Saturday  and obviously they didn’t go in but hopefully if I keep playing doing well they will come for me.

“I enjoyed my time at Shrewsbury.

“It is a good club and Graham Turner gave me plenty of appearances and I played in nine straight games there.

“I have been used to a lot of Under-21 football at Wolves of a very high standard.

“It’s a lot more physical at League One level but when you play in it you get used to it and I think I am ready now.

“I didn’t feel nervous at half time on Saturday when I knew I was coming on.

“I feel ready for my chance and hopefully I did well enough to impress the gaffer.”

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