Walsall manager Matt Taylor still believes there is more to come from striker Conor Wilkinson, who scored his first goals since early September in the Saddlers’ 3-3 draw with Newport County.
After opening his goalscoring account for the club with his first touch on Saturday, Wilkinson then scored at the wrong end before a sensational volley in the fifth minute of added time, a feeling the 26 year old described as “It felt like I’d won the Champions League”. The flash of brilliance displayed for his late equaliser is what Taylor hopes can be the catalyst for Wilkinson to kick on in the second half of the season, as an injury hit first half of the campaign has seen him feature only 14 times in league matches since his free transfer in the summer.
“That’s what we signed him for,” said Taylor via the Express and Star.
“It’s one of the reasons why Jamie and I, along with the chairman, worked so hard to bring him into the football club.
Taylor stated that this quality is often seen from Wilkinson on the training ground, but believes the challenge for him now is to show it in games on a consistent basis.
“If I told you he does it in training all the time, I wouldn’t be lying to you.
“We’ve got a player who needs to produce that now on a regular basis.”
As things stand, Walsall find themselves just six points off the final play-0ff spot, and with Wilkinson looking to get back into form after a hit and miss start of the season, he has the potential to improve the side’s chances of sneaking into the top seven. The ability and composure possessed for goals such as his equaliser on Saturday could make all the difference in such an important part of the season. The belief Taylor has in him to make the difference will only increase his desire and confidence to improve his goal tally in the months to come.