ANDY BOOTH believes Lukas Jutkiewicz will soon be on the goal trail for Town.
While the teenage Everton loanee seeks his first strike for the Galpharm club in his third appearance at Stockport tomorrow, frontline legend Booth hopes for the chance to net his 145th.
The 35-year-old, who made his Town debut when Jutkiewicz was just three years old, came off the bench for only his second outing since back surgery as Town crashed 3-1 at Crewe last Saturday.
Booth, who replaced Town scorer James Berrett, had eight minutes playing alongside Jutkiewicz before, like Berrett, the 19-year-old Goodison player came off after taking a knock.
Both players have shaken off their injuries to stake their claims for the Edgeley Park contest, and Booth, pictured below, said: “I thought Lukas did really well at Crewe.
“He started off as a lone striker, which is a tough role to play, but he gave it a really good shot.
“He got through a huge amount of work and he produced a nice run to set up the goal.
“I thought he looked good on his debut against Leeds as well, and I’ve also been impressed with him in training.
“He looks like a very good player, and I think he’ll make a big contribution here.”
While news that French striker Jonathan Tehoue’s application for international clearance must now go to a FIFA hearing was frustrating for Lee Clark, the Town manager, whose side are 10th in League I, was delighted to hear of Keigan Parker’s hat trick in the reserves’ 4-2 derby win at Bradford on Tuesday.
“Keigan has missed out on our last two games, and his response was just what I was looking for,” said Clark, who missed out on the Valley Parade meeting because he was en route to Colchester to see Stockport’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of the side who visit the Galpharm on Tuesday.
“Keigan will have gained confidence from the Bradford game and he has certainly given me food for thought.”
Clark could also call on Danny Cadamarteri, who has trained without problem this week to prove his recovery from a calf injury.
Meanwhile right winger Anthony Pilkington, who missed the Crewe match through illness, has also trained to put himself into contention for a quick return to cash-strapped Stockport, who safeguarded their immediate future by transferring him to Town for a reported £500,000 last month.