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Wilkinson expecting close affair against his former employers

10 February 2023

Club News

Wilkinson expecting close affair against his former employers

10 February 2023

Walsall forward Conor Wilkinson is expecting a tight encounter against his former club Leyton Orient tomorrow afternoon.

The Saddlers will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on the league leaders at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Wilkinson is anticipating a tricky test from the O’s and feels tomorrow’s match could play out in a similar fashion to last weekend’s draw with Northampton Town.

“Northampton were stubborn last week,” he said.

“We lacked creativity as a team, I feel like we walked off the pitch thinking we could have walked away with three points there so it was a point gained but some of us felt like it was two points lost because it did feel like second half we were the better team.

“I didn’t feel they looked like scoring but we had a couple of half chances towards the end of the game.

“Saturday is going to be tough, we’ve got to show them respect but not too much respect.

“They are where they are because they know how to win games and, with us, they’ve probably got one of the best back lines in the league so it’s going to be another stubborn game.

"It’s going to be a game that’s going to be only one or two goals in it. Hopefully it’s us that gets the goals.”

The 28-year-old is continuing to build his way back to full sharpness after returning from a serious knee injury that kept him out for eight months.

He got his first start against Salford City at the end of January and is starting to see the rewards of the hard work he put in trying to get back fit and he took another positive step earlier this week in an in-house match at the training ground.  

“It was my first 90 minutes,” he revealed.

“It was only in house but it was my first 90 minutes for the best part of 11 months so I felt the aches and pains for a couple of days after it but I’ve missed that feeling and I can’t wait to get my first 90 minutes.

“It’s been tough, I’ve been pretty lucky because I haven’t had that many blips along the way, it’s been pretty smooth sailing.

“I’ve dedicated my life to the last 10/11 months, getting to the training ground at 7am and leaving at 4/5pm so it’s taken a lot.

“I feel like it’s made me mentally stronger, it’s made me realise what football means to me and physically, I’m probably in the best condition I’ve been in my life so all road ahead and I’m looking forward to it.”

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