ANDY RITCHIE is tracking a Championship frontman with a view to making a signing when the loan window opens on Thursday.
Town’s manager tried to recruit the player in question ahead of Saturday’s 2-0 win at Yeovil, but when his club failed to make an acquisition of their own before the closure of the January transfer window, the deal was put on ice.
“We’re still talking with the hope that something might materialise this week,” said Ritchie, who watched his new centre-back Rob Page produce another influential display as Town chalked up a third win, and third clean sheet, in as many matches.
“I’m after a striker, but one who can play wide as well as down the middle,” added Ritchie, who has forward Danny Cadamarteri coming back from a knee injury.
Frank Sinclair returned after a back problem to play at right-back at Yeovil, and Ritchie was delighted with the all-round display.
“We got another clean sheet, and that was down to the players putting their bodies on the line, especially in the first half,” he said.
“Matt Glennon, who was very happy about another clean sheet, made some good saves and Rob Page produced a great block on a Lloyd Owusu shot.
“We took a couple of our chances, but really, I felt we could have had more goals.
“Their keeper (Steve Mildenhall) made some great saves, and but for him, it would have been 2-0 at half-time.
“We’ll take the scoreline though, because this is always a difficult place to come to.”
Ritchie added: “I thought the players showed a lot of character and a lot of intelligence.
“We showed a lot of nous at the right times, and that had been lacking earlier in the season.
“We cleared our lines when we needed to do and passed the ball on at the correct moments.
“We tried to keep possession so they couldn’t hurt us and it paid off, which is very pleasing.”
On Page, Ritchie said: “He sets a great example.
“His communication is excellent, and there are signs that the other players are following suit. That ownership of the pitch is vital.”
Ritchie said he had no preference as to who should take penalties after Luke Beckett stepped up ahead of Phil Jevons, who scored from the spot at Nottingham Forest.
Beckett’s 24th-minute effort paved the way to victory (Michael Collins sealed the win in the 51st minute) and Ritchie said: “The main thing was that the referee saw the handball.
“In this instance, it was right that Luke took it because of the pressure on Phil on his return to Yeovil.”