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Fowler inspiration fires York City marksman Wes Fletcher
WES Fletcher wants to become York City’s Robbie Fowler.
The 22-year-old striker grabbed his first goals for the Minstermen at the weekend, bagging a brace during the 4-2 home victory over Portsmouth.
Both efforts were converted from inside the six-yard box – a speciality that Liverpool fan Fletcher has honed since watching his childhood hero Fowler during his predatory pomp at Anfield.
Former England striker Fowler scored 184 goals for the Reds during two separate spells and Fletcher is hoping to continue emulating his idol’s penalty-box poaching talents for the Minstermen.
The former Burnley forward said: “Most of the goals I have scored throughout my career and as a kid have been like the ones I got on Saturday.
“I’ve always modelled myself on Robbie Fowler and the type of player he was because he was a hero of mine from when I first started watching Liverpool at the age of five.”
Fletcher’s first goal on Saturday came after he pounced when Pompey ’keeper John Sullivan could only parry Josh Carson’s third-minute free-kick.
He went on to double his haul in the second half when he fed Ryan Jarvis down the right flank before charging towards goal to get on the end of his striking partner’s inviting cross.
Recalling his first two efforts in City colours, Fletcher added: “Whether it’s Josh or somebody else on free-kicks, I will always look to follow in and, as soon as I knew the ball was coming back off the ’keeper, I was straight on to it.
“It’s a little habit I have got because you can get easy goals that you would take every week that way and I’m not going to pass up the opportunity of a goal when it’s there to be taken.
“For the second goal, I know Jarv can put a good ball into the box so I just decided to get in there and, luckily, he’s put it right on my head and it went in.
“To be honest, I couldn’t do much more with the ball he put in and that’s what you need.”
Despite scoring goals during loan spells with Crewe, Accrington, Stockport and Grimsby in the past, Fletcher’s double strike was his first in senior football.
He was, however, denied the possibility of claiming the match ball when manager Nigel Worthington replaced him with Ryan Bowman on 80 minutes.
The City boss later explained he made the change to prevent Fletcher from picking up another injury with the Ormskirk-born attacker having spent large chunks of pre-season and early parts of the campaign in the treatment room.
Fletcher had no complaints about his manager’s decision either, admitting: “It was the right thing to do because my legs were starting to feel tired and I didn’t want another little knock to set me back a few weeks again.
“I was just happy with my two goals and it’s good to get the ball rolling but I’m happy for the rest of the lads after a performance like that.
“Now, I’m hoping we can carry on in the same manner this weekend because everybody is buzzing in training now.
“I have been out for most of the season and struggled with my fitness but I feel fine now. My ankle is feeling strong so, hopefully, that will continue because I’ve got a support on my foot that helps and I just want to kick on now and get some goals.”
With the likes of Bowman waiting in the wings and Richard Cresswell due back from suspension following this weekend’s trip to Torquay, Fletcher also realises he must continue to deliver the goods up front if he is to retain his starting place.
Said the striker: “The gaffer has tried to put pressure on everybody’s place as has been shown by the captain being on the bench but, if I do my job and keep scoring, then hopefully I will stay in the team.”
With the Minstermen having enjoyed their first win in nine matches against former Premier League giants Portsmouth, Fletcher believes the club could have now turned a corner.
“We have been on a bad run but we got a good little draw at Wycombe and we kicked on against Portsmouth with three massive points,” he reasoned.
City’s home match with Scunthorpe, meanwhile, which was previously scheduled for Sunday, October 13 but postponed due to international call-ups, will now be played on Tuesday, October 29, kick-off 7.45pm.
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