Agyemang looking to rediscover confidence

On-loan striker talks to the Comet about his short time at the club so far

STEVENAGE striker Partick Agyemang admits he has found matches harder than he anticipated since joining on loan from Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.

The 31-year-old, who signed on a deal until the end of the season, says his preconceptions about Boro may not have been entirely accurate but insists he is happy to be a part of Gary Smith’s side, and says it’s only a matter of time before they start winning games.

“It’s not too bad at the moment,” Agyemang told the Comet when asked how his time has been at the club so far. “Obviously I would like to have scored and got a few more wins but I’m still building up my fitness as I haven’t really played consecutive games for almost two years.

“Because the team is half-lacking in confidence the service hasn’t really been there at the moment so it’s been hard. We’ve been making hard work of the games so far but we haven’t lost and we’ve been getting points which is a positive.


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“I heard a lot about the team [prior to joining] and I heard they pass it and they just needed someone to put the ball in the net. But at the moment that’s not what I’ve been seeing. It’s more hard graft and you’ve got to create stuff out of nothing really so I’m just getting used to that.

“There’s a lot of stuff I’m getting used to and I’m still getting to know the players and the players are still getting to know me. We’ve just got to be patient and as long as we don’t lose we will start winning soon.

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“In the short period of time I’ve been here I’ve seen enough to suggest that if we step up just a little bit more we will be beating teams every week. We’re playing okay at the moment and we’re not losing so when we start playing well I assume we’ll start winning games.

“It’s nice to be a part of this team because they’ve got a good team spirit and I’m happy here at the moment. And once we start winning games it will be even better.”

Agyemang has struggled to feature regularly for QPR in the last two seasons, and the London-born striker says all he is focused on is getting his confidence back ahead of leaving Loftus Road in the summer in search of a new club.

“Obviously I’m not in the 25 at QPR and I just need to start playing games. I need to start scoring goals because I want my confidence up, as well as the team’s confidence. I want to know that I can play game after game and score goals.”

Fellow loan striker Jordan Slew had a night to forget during the 0-0 draw with Colchester on Tuesday night. The teenager, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, was shown a straight red card for lashing out at Anthony Wordsworth just before half-time and Agyemang says that it is important Slew learns from his mistake.

“It was a bit silly,” he added. “He’s young and he will obviously have to learn from this. You can’t raise your hands to anyone and if you do you’re going to get sent off.

“Even if he didn’t hit him in the face the guy has conned the ref because he’s put his hands over his face when he got hit in the chest. It probably didn’t even hurt him but that’s how it is – if you hit someone you’re going to get sent off.”

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