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Sears: If I Get on With It and Work Hard Hopefully the Goals Will Come
Thursday, 8th Mar 2018 17:15

Goal-shy Town striker Freddie Sears will not be consulting a psychologist in his quest to end a lengthy spell without scoring.

Sears last netted 11 months ago in the 3-1 Easter Monday home defeat of Premier League-bound Newcastle and has drawn a blank in his 33 subsequent first-team appearances.

But asked if he might consider seeking the help of a psychologist, something other players have done in similar circumstances, he said: “There probably is someone I could ask but to be honest I’m not too interested in that.

“I’m just focusing on myself and if it happens, it happens. I’m ready to play and hopefully I’ll get some chances and score some goals.

“I’ve started 10 league games this season and only three or four up front. If I was a winger I’d probably be disappointed but there wouldn’t be as much made out of it.

“I know that because I’m a striker I’ll be judged on goals. I’ve been around long enough to know that and I just have to take it on the chin.

“I’ve had it throughout my career. I’m not the big target man who is going to play as a number nine. I know that if I don’t play wide on the right or the left I’ll be sitting on the bench.

“I’ve just got to get on with it and keep working hard, and hopefully the goals will come.”

Despite his barren spell, Sears’s value to the side is not underestimated by either his team-mates or manager Mick McCarthy, who consistently praises the ex-West Ham and Colchester player for the selfless way in which he applies himself in games, whether from the start or the bench.

Sears added: “It’s nice to be appreciated. Obviously, I think the gaffer trusts me, which is a good thing, and I know the boys all like me.

“But at the end of the day I want to be playing and scoring goals, and see where that takes me.

“If I was scoring goals I’d be knocking on the manager’s door to ask why I wasn’t playing regularly. But at the minute I’m not scoring goals and other boys are, so it would be pointless doing that.

“The team are doing well and you just have to accept it when you’re not a regular choice. You have to get your head down and be ready for when you are called upon.

“You just have to train as hard as you can. TC does some great sessions for the strikers and everyone works hard in training. It’s quite intensive and we play how we train.

“The gaffer doesn’t let anyone down tools in training. Everyone is at it Monday to Friday and it’s great because you are staying fit.

“I was in for four or five games at the start of the season but then I was left out. I eventually came back but I didn’t really feel fit. I’m feeling good and feeling sharp now.

“I did alright at Sunderland and against Cardiff, and the other night at Hillsborough I thought I did well, so I’m moving in the right direction.

“It is probably more difficult to come into the side now and again than people realise. When you’re playing every week you have the match fitness and you’re ready to go.

“The boys who come in after not playing much are not as sharp and can’t always cope with the intensity.

“Training’s not the same as a Saturday afternoon at three o’clock when there are points on the line, there’s an atmosphere and everyone’s buzzing.”

Sears was close to breaking his scoring duck for the season just before half-time in last month’s 2-0 win at Sunderland when he was honest enough to confess that he had not got a touch and that Black Cats’ defender Adam Matthews had, in fact, conceded an own goal.

He laughed: “If it had hit me I’d have claimed it. I’d have loved a goal but I knew straight away what was going to happen. It looked like it was mine but I knew it wasn’t.

“It was an open goal and at least I was in the right position but the most important thing that day was to get the three points. That win has kicked us on and we’re back in with half a shot at the play-offs again.”

Meanwhile, Sears admitted his colleagues were not pulling his leg about his lack of goals, adding: “There isn’t really any banter about it, to be honest. I think everyone knows the situation – that when you’re not playing regularly it’s frustrating – and we all have different ways of dealing with it.

“A lot of people say I do the selfless things and sometimes I end up playing left-back rather than where I want to be playing. I’m putting in the effort for the team and I think the boys appreciate it.

“I hope I can go back to being the player I was when I first arrived three years ago and I was playing alongside Daryl Murphy.

“Obviously, confidence is a big issue. When you’re playing and scoring you are bouncing on to the pitch so it would be nice to get a couple and see what happens from there.”

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therein61 added 17:44 - Mar 8
Freddie you have proved your worth in a blue shirt and always try your best, but your best very often looks a lost cause due to being played out of position by a tactically inept so called manager(cue happy clapper down votes!!!! lmao) who has tried to ruin you and several others in his tenure by his blind stupidity which along with his favourite negative selection policy has cost us the play offs yet again, forget the money Mick the players are there just be positive for a change.

Seasider added 18:03 - Mar 8
We don't really have a target man anymore,so the big man (Murph) little man (Freddie) no longer applies,as Mick no longer sticks with what used to be his favoured formation.In that respect he has moved on.

Being played out of position is partly to blame;but others have scored from wide positions so its not all down to that.

I think that Didsy should move on in the summer,and it looks like Freddie could be going as well.

KiwiBlue2 added 21:27 - Mar 8
Why would he need a psychologist when he has Mick to continually reassure him and play him out of position?

ArnieM added 22:02 - Mar 8
It’s not Freddie who needs the psychologist!

heathen66 added 22:03 - Mar 8
Unfortunately Freddie, goals will not come playing a wide defensive midfield role.
Play up front as a two man strike force then maybe...
Unfortunately under Mick this will not happen.
I hate to say this as a Town fan but unfortunately I think it is time to move on, unless there is a change of Manager.
You proved what you were good at when you joined the club, but unfortunately you have been ruined by a manager only interested in utilising you to cover for his inept wandering full backs

SheptonMalletBlue added 22:51 - Mar 8
Well said therein61, you've hit the nail on the head. When Freddie came to Town he was on fire, but the tw@t Mccarthy has ruined him!!!! Mccarthy OUT!!!!!!!

MickMillsTash added 22:54 - Mar 8
If McCarthy plays 442 - he's a dinosaur, if we play 4-5-1 with Ward, Garner, Sears, Waghorn (Sunderland away) its defensive and we should play 442 - FFS!!
Whatever the formation Sears is not good enough
Complete lack of confidence
When up front makes runs so he does not get on the ball - hides, poor first touch, head down - totally lost his way.
Needs to play with big man but few play 442 anymore and if we do he's not getting in the team ahead of Garner, Waghorn , McGolrick

I think McCarthy playing him out wide actually allows him a game - otherwise until something goes in off his elbow or knee he's not good enough and in Fact - he's not good enough
What the hell was that on Tuesday night when Conolly headed his pass/ shot / jibberish?


Barhamblue added 23:30 - Mar 8
I’m sure Freddie is a lovely fella, but lets be brutally honest here. He is not an out and out striker, as people keep saying. Out and out strikers get involved, get nasty when they need to and go in for a header. Next time you see Freddie play, he will not go for a header, his shoulders drops as if he’s afraid. I can’t understand how TC has not seem this. I’m afraid it’s back to Col U next season.

Cookycrew added 09:21 - Mar 9
Love Freddie's attitude, but only looks a goal threat with a Target striker playing alongside him up front.

So, sadly unless MM gets another Big Tall target striker in the summer (in the Murphy vein) - for Freddie to play off - then I think it is time for him to move on.

There is Ben

Cookycrew added 09:24 - Mar 9
* Ben Morris, Folami & Drinan currently waiting in the wings for their chance too.

I_AM_GOD added 09:54 - Mar 9
Cookycrew -chance to go on loan? Transfer to a club who will give them games? To play in the right position?

Tomairyn added 16:11 - Mar 9
MickMillsTash. When played up Front he makes runs so he doesn’t get the ball ?? Have you ever thought he might be making the right runs but we don’t have anybody with the ability to pick him out? Oh, and Connelly should have scored from Freddie’s pass/shot/ jibberish.

MickMillsTash added 18:38 - Mar 9
Sears does not make good runs
He does not run the channels - he does not show short , he hesitates and hides and whether our midfield is cack or not he is not helping. Watch him
Connolly turned his nonsense into a chance - any striker worth anything would have shot when in his position with a bouncing ball and the keeper off his line - I could not believe what I was watching. Had we not won he would be getting some abuse for that miss

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