Wilnis hopes to break his duck

'MR Consistent' believes today would be a good time to score his first goal of the season.EADT/Powergen December Player of the Month Fabian Wilnis would love to get another of his rare goals, just like the stunner he scored in the last minute at Highfield Road back when Town were storming the Premiership, to end his blank season.

By Derek Davis

'MR Consistent' believes today would be a good time to score his first goal of the season.

EADT/Powergen December Player of the Month Fabian Wilnis would love to get another of his rare goals, just like the stunner he scored in the last minute at Highfield Road back when Town were storming the Premiership, to end his blank season.

Wilnis admits he is happy with his form at the back, but the only thing missing is his sixth career goal for the Blues in 230 appearances.


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Wilnis said: “Even the manager is asking when my next goal will come. In training, I seem to score the most incredible goals but I have not got one in a game yet.

“Don't worry, it won't be long before I get one, my aim this season is to get two.

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“I don't mind when it comes, but another one like that one against Coventry before would get me going well.

“If I don't score, then I won't mind as long as we get all three points.”

Dubbed 'Mr Consistent' by manager Joe Royle, Wilnis scooped the December accolade after getting four eights and a seven out of 10 for his performances against Crewe, QPR, Wigan, Millwall and Stoke, and picking up a Man of the Match award.

Wilnis said: “That is really good, I'm very pleased. It has been strange this season as I have played everywhere along the defence, left-back, right back and in the centre. The only place I have not played is in goal, so maybe I can give Kelvin (Davis) some stiff competition.

“The manager always calls me Mr Consistent. Not because I'm the top player in every game, but I'm always among the top three and you can always rely on me. It is nice to hear from a manager because that has not always been the case.

“I feel fitter than last year, perhaps because I'm more aware of what to do in looking after myself. We have had a lot of games recently but I feel really good and refreshed.”

Wilnis also warns Town should beware of a Coventry side who lost manager Peter Reid earlier this month and responded to Adrian Heath's leadership by beating Crewe 3-0 in the FA Cup last Saturday. Heath will be in charge again today and has made no secret of his desire to get the job on a permanent basis.

Wilnis said: “You never know how teams will react in this situation. They could find that extra step to impress the possible new manager.

“We should not worry too much about them but look at ourselves. We are top of the league, we are at home and there is no way we want to lose our third home game in a row after not losing at home this season before the New Year.”

Wilnis stood in for the injured Richard Naylor in the FA Cup loss against Bolton but the club's longest serving-player has recovered from his groin injury and will play, so the Dutchman reverts to right-back.

With Ian Westlake suspended, Tommy Miller returns to the starting line-up and will be making his 100th league appearance for the Blues.

The EADT Player of the Month, sponsored by Powergen, is given to the player with the highest average mark during a single month awarded by the EADT's Derek Davis after every game.

Previous winners this season include Darren Bent (twice) Jason De Vos, Kevin Horlock and Richard Naylor.

Antonio Murray has completed his move to Hibernian where he will team up with former youth teamer Sam Morrow playing for ex-Town first-team coach Tony Mowbray.

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