Another Day of Deliberation

As Josh Maja heads for pastures new and Grant Leadbitter heads home, Duncan Watmore is quietly delighted to have scored his first senior goal in 1,011 days, as he slowly, but surely, puts his two cruciate knee ligament operations behind him. “It was probably a bit of joy and a bit of relief. When you miss that many games through injury there’s not much you can do to add to your goals tally so it’s nice when you get back to score. I really enjoyed the moment but it was important we won and we have to keep it all in perspective and move on. It’s something we definitely want to give the fans but we still have to win another game and it will be a tough game because the other team will be saying exactly the same thing. We’re both one game from Wembley so we can’t get complacent and think about it yet. We’ve got to get the job done and hopefully give the fans that opportunity to go to Wembley. I’ve never played there so on a personal level I’d love to get there. The manager’s been really clear that it’s an opportunity for me to get some minutes, which is brilliant and I’ve enjoyed it. It’s a competition I’ve never been involved in before and I’ve really enjoyed. It’s always the case that cup competitions get talked down in the early stages, but when Wembley comes into sight it’s a different situation. That’s just the way it is, it’s strange, but Wembley has that appeal and it’s something we’re all very excited about. It’s obviously been a pretty miserable couple of years personally with my injury and the relegations, and it’s been a dark couple of years, but I’m looking forward and the opportunities we have in the next three or four months are something that as a footballer you’ve got to be excited about. I think it was important we did won on Tuesday. In the past couple of games we’ve probably done enough to win but haven’t got over the line. When we come back it’s a good group of lads and everyone knows the job at hand so we just need to get back to winning ways. It’s a pretty relentless league with the amount of games we play and some of the lads have been playing most of those minutes so they could definitely do with a break.”

Watmore also chatted about being nominated for PFA EFL Player in the Community award. “It is an honour to be put forward for the award and I am proud to be able to play a part in helping and supporting the local community through the fantastic work of Foundation of Light and other organisations. I have had a challenging time over the last two seasons but getting out into the community and getting involved in activities with supporters and young people was something that really helped to me as I worked hard on my recovery.”