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Wheeler: We’ll Be Motivated

Loan winger ready for Tottenham test

13 November 2018

David Wheeler
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It will certainly not rank high on a list of most tense Fratton fixtures in recent years.

The Blues take on Tottenham U21s in their final Checkatrade Trophy group match, having already secured a place in the knockout stages.

Top spot is still up for grabs, with a win or a draw enough for the hosts to guarantee a home tie in the last 32.

And with a rare start likely for David Wheeler, the on-loan QPR winger knows the match also provides an opportunity to impress.

He said: “I’m looking forward to getting some minutes out on the pitch, but it’s also important for the club to keep building momentum.

"You should be motivated for any game of football as a professional, especially if you’re not playing week in, week out."

David Wheeler

“We want to finish top of the table, although we know there will be a lot of young talent in the Tottenham side.

“You should be motivated for any game of football as a professional, especially if you’re not playing week in, week out.

“I’m always frustrated when I’m not starting, but I keep plugging away and usually come good in the end.

“It’s important for fitness and to stay match sharp for when you do get your chance, even if it’s not the same as a match in front of a full house.”

Wheeler came off the bench to wrap up the scoring in Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup victory at Maidenhead, stooping to head home after Lee Brown’s free-kick had been parried clear.

He said: “You’ve got to gamble because there might be a spillage – that’s something I’ve worked on over the years.

“Fortunately that paid off at the weekend and I’ve experienced losing to lower league opponents before, so it was nice to go through.”


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