Andy Waterworth may have scored a superb goal against Bohemians on Saturday, but the Glentoran striker admits he comes away from every game fearing he’ll be dropped.
The former Distillery and Hamilton forward says boss Alan McDonald has every player on their toes and no matter how well they play, there is no guarantee that their name will be on the team sheet for the next game.
The Glens travel to Coleraine tonight hoping to get their Carling Premiership campaign back on track after a shock defeat to Ballymena United last Wednesday, but despite his Setanta Sports Cup strike, Waterworth isn’t expecting to hold onto his place.
“You just don’t know what the manager is going to do,” he said. “I can guarantee you that no one leaves a game thinking that they are definitely going to be in the team for the next match.
“I thought I was doing ok in pre-season then he decided to go with Michael (Halliday) and Gary (Hamilton) in the first match.
“But I have no problem with that. What he has been telling us is that he will pick a team depending on who we are playing. Sometimes you need taller and stronger players, other times you are looking for a different option. You could find yourself left out but it has nothing to do with how you have been playing.
“So as much as I would love to play against Coleraine after scoring on Saturday, I really don’t know whether I’ll keep my place or not. Obviously I’d like to think so. I have confidence in my own ability, like all the forwards do. If you ask myself, Michael, Gary or Matty Burrows who should be playing we will all put our own names down.
“It was great to come in and score on Saturday and that breeds confidence so I want to go out and get another game and another goal.”
He added: “I have started two games this season and scored two goals so that’s not too bad but I want more.”
While Waterworth is craving more game he says finding the net has not become the most important part of his game.
“I want to make it more awkward for defenders and help other people score.
“I have been in teams where I have scored loads of goals but won nothing. Last year, ok, I was out for two months and I didn’t score that many but I scored important ones and we won the league.
“Medals are the most important thing.”
Glentoran’s Carling Premiership game with Crusaders and Linfield’s clash with Lisburn Distillery, both due to be played this Saturday, are now postponed due to international call ups for the Blues and the Crues.