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'I need to make a statement'

2 April 2013

City striker Callum Wilson wants to hammer home his potential and make a case for more first team action

City striker Callum Wilson says he wants to use his two-goal performance for the Under 21s to give him a platform to make the most of his first team opportunities.

The 21-year-old, who scored his first senior goal for the Sky Blues last month, netted twice and set up a third in the 4-2 Professional Development League win over Wigan Athletic at the Sky Blue Lodge on Tuesday afternoon.

With appearances for the first team coming more frequently in recent weeks, Wilson said he thought his performance against the Latics ticked the boxes that Under 21s coach Lee Carsley set out for him prior to kick off.

"Carso basically said to me to go out and treat it like I would a first team game and play the way I would for the first team and I think I did that," he said.

"He said today's game was a chance to show my character and attitude and make a statement so to score two goals and get another near-enough 90 minutes under my belt was really pleasing."

Wilson suffered a disappointing start to the season after flying through pre-season training, suffering an injury that curtailed his development but he added that with the help of first team boss Steven Pressley he was fully focused on making the most of his next opportunity with the seniors.

"The gaffer has told me to work on my link up play and put myself about and keep working hard for the team and I thought I did that today.

"Coming back from injury earlier in the season I'm happy to be playing any kind of football to be honest so to score twice today and kick on from my appearance in the first team against Walsall is something I'm determined to build on."

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