DANNY CADAMARTERI would like nothing better than for his arrival in the Town team to coincide with an upturn in fortunes.
But the 27-year-old, who made his long-awaited debut as a substitute at Northampton last Saturday, insists ending a miserable run of results for Andy Ritchie’s side is all about a squad effort.
“It’s never just about one person in football,” said the striker who missed the first eight games of the season because of a hamstring injury. “Wins aren’t and neither are defeats.”
The 3-0 loss at Sixfields was Town’s fourth on the spin in all competitions, and they were desperately trying to avoid a fifth – and third successive home setback – against Luton in today’s High Noon League I showdown.
Nottingham Forest come to the Galpharm on Tuesday – and Cadamarteri knows two home games in four days provide the perfect chance for Town, complete with new West Brom loan signing Ronnie Wallwork, to get their season back on track.
“We’ve got to do the basic things, work hard on the training ground and get our minds focused,” added the close-season signing from Leicester, who came on after 53 minutes for illness-hit Malvin Kamara last Saturday.
“You’ve got to take the negatives on board, learn from them, but not dwell on them. It’s far better to think about the positives.
“Other than at Northampton, we’ve created plenty of chances in every game, and we have to start putting some of them away while shutting up shop at the back.”
As well as Cadamarteri, defenders Nathan Clarke and Frank Sinclair were back in first-team action after injuries last Saturday, and the Cleckheaton-based frontman, who started his career at Everton in the mid-Nineties, believes that bodes well.
“We’ve got a relatively small squad, so clearly having people out, especially the more senior players, is going to be a problem,” he said.
“We’ve got some talented youngsters at this club, and as I’ve said before, their energy and enthusiasm is vital.
“But you need to have some older players around to offer guidance, and that’s where the likes of myself, Andy Booth, Luke Beckett, Frank Sinclair, Matt Glennon and Ronnie Wallwork have an important tole to play.
“The manager has also gone on record as saying we’re too quiet on the pitch, and that’s certainly an area where myself and Frank can have an input.”
Anyone who saw Cadamarteri either in pre-season or at Sixfields will know that as well as having plenty to say, he possesses pace and an undoubted touch of quality on the ball.
And he is confident that with the sharpness which can only come from playing matches, he can make his mark at his sixth league club (as well as Everton and Leicester, he’s also been at Bradford (twice), Leeds and Sheffield United).
“In terms of fitness, I’m getting there, but I’m still not 100%,” said Cadamarteri, who has also had loan stints at Fulham and Doncaster.
“I’ve been able to do cardiovascular and technical work, but before the Northampton match, I’d only had four training sessions and a Reserve game.
“While I had some core fitness from pre-season, I’ve had to do a mini version of it again, but in a few weeks, I should be firing on all cylinders.”
Cadamarteri confirmed the right hamstring itself, damaged during a training session on the eve of the season, is feeling fine, explaining: “It was a freak thing.
We were just doing some long-range shooting practice, I took a swing at the ball, and I felt a sharp shooting pain.
“After that it felt like a stitch, but in the back of the thigh. It was diagnosed as a tear, and it’s not an injury I’d experienced before.
“You can walk about, but as soon as you try to move quickly, it hurts, and while you can have some treatment to help things along, you have to let the healing process take place before you can step things up.
“The physio staff have been really patient with me, and now I’m aiming to make up for lost time.”