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Wilkinson delighted to get back on the scoresheet

14 February 2022

Walsall forward Conor Wilkinson felt a sense of relief after holding his nerve to fire the Saddlers to victory on Saturday.

The 27-year-old netted his fifth of the campaign as his 85th minute penalty secured a vital win against Tranmere Rovers. 

Wilkinson praised the way the team stuck together to earn a hard-fought three points and he was delighted to make a return to the scoresheet.

“Personally, it is a weight off my shoulders because I have gone a few games without a goal so it was nice to get that but most importantly, to get the three points,” he said.

“We turned it around and long may it continue.

“Hopefully we can build on the win going into next Saturday and we can go again.

“We walked into the dressing rooms and said ‘lads, look at that feeling, we haven’t had this in so long.’

“I don’t think you can beat that feeling, it’s priceless.

“We have stuck together and we have got the three points and hopefully we can start climbing the table towards the end of the season.”

Wilkinson played alongside George Miller up front against Tranmere.

The forward believes the pair must continue to improve and work on their partnership and game plan together.

“It was the game plan where one of us had to come short and the other had to go long, we both couldn’t be on the same lines together,"he explained.

"That is what we had worked on in training and sometimes we were on the same lines and the ball didn’t stick but the majority of the time it did.

"Something George and I have got to work on is being a good partnership together, getting to know each other well and learning how we both play.

“I got the ball in behind and I felt like I was going to beat Peter Clarke in a race most times and lucky enough, the ball was in there at the right time and I was in there at the right time. I got there first; he gave me a little bit of contact."

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