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Marcus Dinanga down to AFC Telford's fourth choice

Gavin Cowan wants to see more from frontman Marcus Dinanga after admitting he has dropped to fourth in the AFC Telford United striker pecking order.

Marcus Dinanga
Marcus Dinanga

Dinanga hit the headlines in January after making a permanent switch to Shropshire from Burton Albion, following his 20-plus goal haul for the Bucks last season while on loan.

The striker, who was so prolific last year to keep the Bucks up, has stuttered on his return to the New Bucks Head and has been an unused substitute in the last two games.

When asked what Dinanga has to do to dislodge in-form strike pair Dan Udoh and Amari Morgan-Smith, Cowan admitted he has to work harder.

He also revealed Dinanga has dropped below Andre Brown in the Bucks striking order.

He said: “There are three in front of him now, and he needs to do more than that he is doing.

“He needs to do more everywhere, and it is in his hands.

“It is in the hands of all of the players, they need to do more to dislodge players in their positions.

“But Marcus needs to do more. I am not unhappy with what he is doing, it is down to him and his own standards at the end of the day.”

Meanwhile, keeper Andy Wycherley has been given the week off as he continues his recovery from the eye injury picked up at Boston United.

The Bucks are hoping he will be OK to play in next week’s FA Trophy semi-final first leg against Leyton Orient as Stoke loanee Josef Bursik is cup-tied.

“He is full of spirit and we are still monitoring him,” added Cowan.

“On Monday he will get his final check, he just needs bed rest this week and I have given him the week off and time away from the club.

“We want to give it every chance of letting it settle down, as you have to be so careful with eyes.

“We will know more when he sees the doctors on Monday, but he is doing what he needs to be doing. He has had his instructions from me and he is a trustworthy lad.”

“I am happy with what the other three are doing as opposed to himself, so he needs to be doing more.”

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