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Wilkinson determined to build on New Year's Day brace

5 January 2022

Walsall striker Conor Wilkinson is keen to put his injury woes behind him and build on the brace he scored against Newport County on New Year’s Day.

The 26-year-old stepped off the bench as he returned from his most recent injury lay off and scored with his first touch.

His second touch was a goal at the wrong end but he more than made amends with a breathtaking strike in the 95th minute to earn the Saddlers a point.

Wilkinson took his tally to four for the season in 17 matches. He admitted that he’s had a tough campaign so far with injuries but is determined to keep himself fit and continue to find the net.

“That’s the end goal,” he said.

“I feel like I’ve missed way too many games, I’ve had the same injury three times which has come back to bite me. I feel like it’s my main priority now to stay fit, stay in the team and hopefully add a few more goals to the tally.”

“I’ve missed quite a few games myself and it’s been frustrating, it’s been tough mentally and physically so I’m pretty glad to be back out there with the team.

“It wasn’t great first half, I think we can all hold our hands up and say we weren’t great and wasn’t up to it but second half we fought and showed great character. Hopefully we can start turning a point into three points.”

Wilkinson was elated after his goals and described the equaliser as a moment that he’ll remember forever.

“I felt like I’d won the Champions League,” he commented.

“I was in the crowd, stella’s put over my head – I don’t think you can beat moments like that, they live with you forever.

“(for the first goal) Ash did very well to be honest. I think you could see at set pieces it was quite tight, everyone was grappling and holding each other. Ash has held two lads up for me, I’ve literally got in there late, first touch and guided it in with my right foot.”

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