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Take the next step, Carl

Date online: 25 February 2014

Winchester ‘needs to stamp his authority’

CARL Winchester has the talent to succeed — but needs more drive.

The midfielder earned an unexpected recall to Athletic’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Gillingham game, replacing James Dayton.

Winchester (20) may have done enough to keep his place for tonight’s home clash with MK Dons, though manager Lee Johnson said he was impressed by Terry Dunfield’s debut cameo from the 74th minute.

Assistant Tommy Wright, who saw Winchester close-up for the first time on Saturday, feels the full Northern Ireland international needs to be more demanding on the pitch.

“He has always looked like he can do it, but his personality needs to come out more,” said Wright.

“He needs to be more of a driven force and stamp his authority on games. I think if he does that he can be a very good player.”

Captain Korey Smith is likely to miss out again tonight with his knee injury, though might return at Tranmere on Saturday. Genseric Kusunga, who has a thigh problem, serves out his ban, leaving Connor Brown to play through the pain barrier at right-back.

“There are one or two knocks and bruises,” Wright added. “Korey is coming along well. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Athletic are hunting back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League One for only the second time this season and three points could take the team into the top half of the division.

“If you look at most of the divisions they’re like that,” said Wright, referring to a table in which only six points separate Gillingham, in the top half, from Bristol City in 21st.

“If you win two or three you shoot way up and if you lose you shoot down. I’m sure if we get three points, we’ll be in a good position.”


Agree in regards to "Ed" Winchester, still potential but should start to realise that potential now, although I thought he played well on Sat.

I feel sorry for Mellor, in midfield with Korey Smith last year they formed a vital partnership averaging 2 points a game to keep us up.
Shame he hasn't played more in his actual position.

Disagree with Dunfield comments, the subs on Sat worsened the team & added pressure, CM, JD & TD were poor in my opinion.
Still haven't seen Kissock or Turner??


Winchester has a major fault in his make-up, he cannot tackle hence his not being placed at right back, a position where the team are paticularly weak. The current incumbent, Connor Brown is also lightweight and Latics are always at risk when attacked down the flanks. MK Dons have brought in Larnel Cole on loan from Fulham, He is an ex- Man U. winger with plenty of pace and replaces the winger who caused Latics all manner of problems at MK. They get in replacements what do we do....NOTHING!!!!!

The harsh facts are that Winchester,Mellor & Miller have not cut the mustard at football league level with any sort of consistency at all.This is the time to do it cos i fear the worst for them all at the end of the season - Have they & are they doing enough to stay long term ? We must get the club moving forward however difficult the decisions will be. Harkins excepted not over impressed with the new players brought in so tonight is a VERY important game with tough fixtures coming up !

How you can come out with such a statement Baku blue that Carl Winchester has not cut the mustard he's never been given a proper chance? If he's that bad then why do Northern Ireland keep calling Carl Winchester up, not because he is rubbish?? Open your eyes and watch the the lad play after all he is only 20 years of age and you mark my words you will eat your words.

Mason i have my opinion like everone else so just a few things :- Northern Ireland not exactly a hotbed of football is it, George Best excepted so to play for his U-21s is no major feat at all! I see a player who has had quite a few managers but he has not had a regular run in the team ! Good / CONSISTENT players usually get a run in their team, so why is he not playing every week ?? One major problem is nobody knows exactly what is best position.


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