Oct 12 2012 By Jon Batham
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PETER Dean says this week’s win over Kingstonian could mark a turning point in Wealdstone’s season.
But the striker warned die-hard fans to strap in for the inevitable roller-coaster ride between now and the end of the campaign.
Dean feels Monday’s 5-2 victory revealed the true potential of Gordon Bartlett’s side and sent a surge of confidence through the dressing-room.
He admits the fact they had to come from 2-0 down also proves their apparent need for a crisis to produce the sporting theatre which followed.
However, with the attacking threat they unleashed in Monday’s success he expects more ups than downs to follow in the weeks to come.
He said: “I think the real Wealdstone just stood up and we have arrived in the season now.
“It seems we needed the first 20 to get us going and to show our true colours.
“We’ve never done it the easy way here and it will probably be the same the whole way through the season, but if we can score five goals every game I don’t think it will matter how many anyone else can score.
“I think that is the way we are going to play this year.”
Dean earned a standing ovation from The Vale faithful following his late substitution in Monday’s win after an outstanding performance capped with a third goal in the last six games.
After a poor goal return last season, the Stones’ stalwart feels he is returning to the form of 2010-11 when he found the back of the net 25 times and was the club’s leading scorer. However, he is not setting any targets this time.
He said: “I still need to get a few more goals, but I do feel the striker’s touch I had the season before last is coming back to me.
“But there will be no goal targets this time. I’ve always done it in the past, but I’m refusing to do it this year because I’m really enjoying my football and don’t want to put the extra pressure on myself.”
The task for Dean and co now is to rubber-stamp their big step forward with another emphatic showing against strugglers Thurrock on Saturday – a feat ‘Deano’ warned would not be easy in what he expects to be a very different style of match.
He added: “We probably won’t keep that standard against a less fashionable team like Thurrock who are going to be hard to break down, but hopefully we can do the same again.”