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Wilkinson: "Everyone is ready to step in"

20 January 2019

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Luke Wilkinson says it has been “a long time coming” as he scored in added time at Morecambe to help secure Stevenage a valuable three points...

The centre-back is well known for scoring headers but had been suffering a lean spell in front of goal prior to Saturday’s winner.

“It was a really good feeling and about time. It has been a long time coming because I have scored a lot of headers in the past for Stevenage and then obviously for Luton before but it is nice to get back to scoring headers.

“I had my chance to come on and affect the game and thankfully I did. I had seen it all the way. The first one was close and the defender nearly put it in his own net but the second one I had seen it all the way, lost my man and managed to head it down and put it through the keepers legs.

“Personally I think we dominated the first half and deserved our lead at half time. In the second half we didn’t really play as much football but we stuck together. They got the goal back and we could have easily collapsed but we didn’t and thankfully got the goal at the end.”

Primarily utilised as a substitute this season, Wilkinson says that his approach to the game has never changed and that every player in the squad will be called upon down the home straight.

“I am disappointed that I am not playing but I will keep my head, keep working hard and hopefully things will turn around for me. I have had a lot of stuff going on in my personal life and stuff like that but I still come into training every day and work as hard as I can to get on the pitch. I have played here and there this year but not as much as I like so hopefully things will turn around now.

“Everyone is ready to step in. You can see with the young lads like Arthur who has come in and done really well. We need people like that, the squad players. to come in and step us as the first team players as such won’t be fit every week.”

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