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Joe Dodoo eyes more Bolton goals after getting off the mark

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Joe Dodoo put his first Bolton Wanderers goal in the record books, and roared: “Now I want more!”

The former Leicester and Rangers front man had waited more than seven hours to find the back of the net for his new club – but broke his duck with a dramatic late header to seal a point against AFC Wimbledon.

And after getting off the mark on Saturday evening, Dodoo hopes the late lift can spark a run of scoring form.

“It means a lot,” he told The Bolton News. “When you play up front you need to get started. I want to continue that same mentality as a winger now and score more.

“I have been very close in the last six or seven weeks and really wanted one to go in so I can go on a run.

“It has been a frustrating run but you’ll get those patches, you just have to keep getting in the box and taking on the shots. You can’t get down about it.

“But to do it at that time in the game to grab an equaliser was unbelievable. I’m really pleased.”

Wimbledon boss Glyn Hodges complained that too much time was added on by referee Marc Edwards but Dodoo maintains Wanderers knew exactly how much time was left on the clock.

“You have to be patient,” he said. “If you launch it into the box you are just playing the percentage game. If you take time like Thibaud did, get a dribble and more quality on the cross, it gives a player a better chance to get on the end of it.

“As players we can’t listen too much to the groans because we have time, we know how much is left, and you’d rather get that quality ball rather than just launching one in and hoping it happens.

“We’ve played a lot of games so you start to know exactly how long is left, one minute, two minutes, and also when a game is stop-start you know the ref will add on a little bit.”

After waiting a fortnight to exorcise the ghosts of Accrington, Dodoo believes the late boost of an equaliser could send Wanderers on another unbeaten run.

“The point is massive,” he said. “It gives a chance for the team to reload and go again.

“You never know down the line, it might be an important one for us.”


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