Beckett fires a broadside

Last updated : 24 January 2006 By Dave Moore
Out of favour striker Luke Beckett has blasted a broadside at Ronnie Moore saying that the manager has shown him a lack of respect and also claiming he has been made a scapegoat for the Latics lack of firepower. Beckett came on as sub against Gillingham aad fired a two goal salvo in the space of six minutes to win the game.

Obviously disappointed with lack of match play he said, “It has been very harsh of the manager to leave me out for our last two games. I’d had a couple of bad performances, but so had everybody else and I feel I was made the scapegoat. I scored three goals in three games over Christmas and then I was out of the side with no explanation. I don’t mind competition for places, but it has been one rule for me and one rule for the rest. You expect to keep your place after three in three games and, at the age of 29, I’ve reached a stage where I deserve to be told why I’m dropped. I’ve been unhappy for the last couple of weeks because the manager doesn’t mind ringing the changes when it comes to me."

“I had no complaints at all when I was dropped earlier this season. I was my own worst enemy and my form merited it. But that isn’t the case this time and I’ve been given no explanation for it happening. He’s the manager and I’ll abide by his decisions, but that doesn’t mean I’ll agree with them or hide my disappointment. I deserve to know what’s happening because I’ve proved I can score goals and I felt my form was just coming back. I was in the team in training last week, but then I turned up on Saturday and found I was on the bench, again with no word as to why. I went on and did quite well so hopefully I might get a game at Huddersfield next week. I haven’t been in to see the manager because he had enough on his plate after losing two games. He has been in management for a long time and he knows what he’s doing, but I’m disappointed with the way things have happened.”

Beckett has netted six goals this season but Ronnie Moore justified his selections by stating, “Luke is as honest as the day is long, and I’m sure he would agree he wasn’t pulling up any trees. He’ll have been upset to be out of the side, but I’ve got to choose the players who I think will win us games. He came on and did what he does best, which is showing a cool head in the box. Sometimes it’s nice to use a player sparingly, and it isn’t about individuals, it’s about the whole squad. As a manager you can't worry about what players think, you have to do what you think is right to win. It is a squad game and about all your players, others were left out."