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Watkins: Plenty More To Come

21 January 2016

Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Rochdale, Marley Watkins spoke to the press about the task facing the side this weekend.


The midfielder returned to the side earlier than planned following an injury picked up against Blackpool but his contributions helped the side to their third straight win at the weekend.


Watkins feels that the Reds can build on their recent run of good results and continue to move away from the relegation zone.


He said: “We’re on a good run and we want to keep it going and see just how far we can take it. But, we still want to take it one game at a time.


“I can’t put my finger on why we’ve been doing so well. I feel like we’re all working for one another and training has been a really good standard.


“Our mentality has changed a bit, we’re looking much stronger and we’re going out believing we can win games and we don’t like we can get overturned.”


With one of the youngest sides in League One, Watkins feels it has taken time for the side to gel. However, he feels stability has helped the side settle.


Watkins added: “I feel that with a young squad sometimes it does take time but if you look at it now, I feel like we’re all winners on match days.


“I feel that we can keep this up and who knows how far we can take this.


“We have got competition for places, even on the bench. Ryan Williams is a quality player despite his injuries so you know you have to be at it with players like that behind you.”


The Reds are only one game away from Wembley. A win against Fleetwood Town in the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will send the Reds to the capital.


A day out is something that Watkins is keen to give back to the fans for sticking with the side during their early poor form.


He added: “We have games to come before that and our main focus will be on trying to beat Rochdale this weekend.


“Because of the bad run earlier in the season, we want to give the fans something positive to cheer, in a good day out at Wembley. We’ll be up for it when that game comes around.


Since joining the club at the beginning of the season, Watkins has netted five times in all competitions and provided seven assists in the League. He reflected on his time at the club so far, saying:


“I feel I’ve contributed to a lot of goals but I think there is plenty more to come. As a whole, it’s all about winning games and we want to be a successful team.


“We’re winning games but as a whole we want to be up there as one of the big clubs in this division.”


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