Odejayi backed to end Accrington Stanley goal drought
12:40pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
ACCRINGTON Stanley have now gone six games without a goal, but James Beattie believes debutant Kayode Odejayi could make all the difference when the Reds travel to fellow strugglers Hartlepool tomorrow.
League Two’s goal-starved bottom clubs will go head to head in the north east.
Stanley, currently at the foot of the table, have not scored in 540 minutes – resulting in six straight defeats.
Hartlepool, one place higher, have netted only once in the league this season.
But Beattie moves to rectify the Reds’ goalscoring problems this week when he brought in Odejayi on a three-month loan from Rotherham – having been thwarted in his attempts to seal a deal before the transfer window closed last week.
“If we’re playing well and creating chances but not converting them then there’s a problem,” said ex-England forward Beattie (pictured), who has even considered putting the boots on himself this season.
“But hopefully the solution to the problem has walked through the door.
“Hopefully that will be a piece in the jigsaw. It’s not completed, we’re looking to get players in but I believe that’s a huge piece that we have been missing.”
Odejayi has previously represented the likes of Cheltenham, Colchester and Barnsley.
It was with the Tykes when he scored an FA Cup quarter final winner against Chelsea in 2008.
Beattie does not shy away from stressing how important Odejayi could be – in fact he will reiterate that before the 31-year-old’s debut tomorrow.
“I will have a conversation with him,” said the boss.
“When I was playing I was always made to feel that I was the kingpin in the team and that’s when I played my best football.
“I believe that centre forward is the most difficult position on the pitch by a long way and if you get that right it sets the tone for the whole team.
“If he performs like he’s done in training then we’ll have no problem, because he was throwing Tom Aldred and Rob Atkinson around like they were rag dolls!”
Stanley are assessing their injury list ahead of the game against a Hartlepool side who were relegated from League One last season.
They appointed Colin Cooper as boss in the summer, with former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Craig Hignett his assistant.
Stanley were unfortunate to lose 1-0 at league leaders Chesterfield on Saturday and Beattie has received letters offering encouragement.
“I’ve had letters addressed to myself saying how well the players are playing,” he said.
“I’m not naive enough to think that means anything. We appreciate the support but it doesn’t give us points.
“But it goes some way to saying that we’re doing things right apart from that final bit, which is the hardest job in football – putting the ball in the net.”
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