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Wilkinson outlines his style ahead of Forest Green clash

13 August 2021

Walsall forward Conor Wilkinson says he enjoyed seeing a lot of the ball during Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie with Doncaster Rovers and is hoping for more of the same against Forest Green Rovers tomorrow.

The 26-year-old was seen in a number 10 role on Tuesday evening and impressed with his performance.

Wilkinson admitted he found it a little difficult during last Saturday’s match at Tranmere.

He explained how he likes to play and feels he can also bring versatility to the attack.  

“I feel like I could play any position across the front four - Nine, 10 or either side on the wings,” he said.

“Tuesday night I felt a lot better and a lot more like myself than I did at Tranmere on Saturday because I had a lot more of the ball and I could go play and go pick pockets off whereas at Tranmere it was a bit difficult for me because the game was a bit of a ding-dong, it was back and forward and as a nine on your own it is quite hard and you do come unstuck sometimes so like I say, hopefully we can try and get the ball down and play on Saturday.”

“I think people would look at me and probably say that if you didn’t know what I was about, you’d say I was more of a target man which is completely the opposite.

“I’d rather get the ball off the centre midfielder, run, pick a pass and try and get back and score for myself than have to fight two centre-halves.

“I’d probably say I’m better at getting the ball and running at people than the lads relying on me to kick it up to me and hold it up.”

The Saddlers host Forest Green tomorrow afternoon and while Wilkinson is aware of their threats, he insists the team will be looking to attack and pick them off.

“They’re going to come at us, they’re a good team but we’re not going to lay down and go under,” he commented.

“We’re going to go out there and attack like we should every single week. They’re a good team and are not going to come here and get rolled over.

“We’re going to have to stick together, try and break them down. We’ll work on them and play in the pockets we need to play into then hopefully pick them off and exploit them.”

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