Duncan Watmore has been chatting about his injury woes of the last few years and how he hopes that they are behind him, finally. “It’s been incredibly hard. The past however long, it’s been incredibly tough to stay patient, motivated and stay confident and believe in yourself. I’ve managed to do that, and performances like the other night (against Tranmere) and receptions like the one I got make it all worthwhile. I’m very grateful. The club have been brilliant with me, as I’ve always said. It’s quite clear I haven’t got the same robustness I once had, which I want to get back, so I’m sure it will be a case of managing it. We’ve got a really good squad of players so it will be hard for me to stay in the starting XI as well. It’s just taking it each week as it comes. I obviously feel good in terms of scoring and the result, and that I got through the two games (against Wycombe and Tranmere),” added Watmore. “It’s a lot for me in terms of what I’m used to the last three-and-a-half years. My legs are definitely feeling it, but I really enjoyed it. I definitely feel I’ve still got that sharpness I need. I probably can’t recreate (the way he played in the past) as much as I would like to sometimes, but I’m hoping that will come the more I play. It’s been such a long time out without regular football. I can’t remember the last time I did Saturday-Tuesday starts - probably three-and-a half, four years ago. It’s been a long road, but something I’m glad I’ve done. I’m proud of myself after everything I’ve been through.”
Will Grigg had what was probably his best game in red and white against Tranmere on Tuesday, but he puts his improved performance down to the change in system. “I thought we played at a really high tempo, got loads of crosses into the box and got our just rewards. We implemented the game plan really well. We wanted to be bright and get the goal which set the tone. It’s easy to sit back like that but we didn’t, we were ruthless throughout and we continued to do what we wanted to. We will look back on the game as we always do but it’s really important to keep our feet on the ground and concentrate on Saturday straight away. They will be a good side and it’s always tough away from home. Teams make it difficult, but we have got to try and replicate Tuesday’s performance and take our home form into away games.”
In other news, Phil Parkinson has praised Max Power and George Dobson. "I thought they were immense. We've been speaking since we've been here and saying that football is not about you attack, then we attack - we want to attack, and then lock in the next attack. With the athleticism of Max and George in the middle of the pitch, I thought they did that really well. We don't want it to be like a basketball game where we are attacking, and the next thing we're defending around our box, you have to have the ability to lock those attacks in and have periods of pressure."
The gaffer also had a few kind words for Luke O'Nien. "He's just great anywhere, isn't he? If you look at him the other night, he scored a goal and he has got so much energy and desire. I've watched a lot of the games before I got here and on the first day I told him that I could see why the supporters like him, because he plays with his heart. He has to keep that up because it was some performance from him on Tuesday night. We haven't got a massive squad," he added. "We only had 16 outfield players training on Monday, and you do need versatile players and players who are happy to play anywhere - and Luke is good enough to play anywhere."