Callum Wilson scored his first goals since injury as he struck twice for the under-21s in the tight 3-2 away defeat at Cheltenham Town.
The first was a composed header while the second exhibited the striker’s trademark potency as the 25-year-old wrapped a crisp finish into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.
“It was nice,” Wilson told afcb.co.uk. “It’s always good to score as it builds confidence and since the injury it’s good to get back on the scoresheet even if we were unfortunate not to get the result. On another day we’d get the win here.
“I was never in doubt over my abilities and I feel I’m striking the ball probably better than I was before to be honest.
“Two goals, both different goals today, and now I’m looking forward to scoring these goals in the first team.”
The game also gave Wilson a first full 90 minutes under his belt on his return from his time on the sidelines – and the striker explained that his joint now feels as good as ever.
“I’m feeling fine, the knee feels strong and I feel ready to go now. I’m going to carry on working hard in training and waiting for my chance.”
After linking up with the under-21s squad for the second week in succession Wilson spoke of the progress being made by the Cherries in the youth ranks.
“They’re still young, they’ve got a lot to learn but they’re improving. Games like this are only going make the better with facing big lads and handling long balls,” he said.
“It’s not all fantasy football and they’ve had a different test today. We conceded from three set pieces and that shows it’s a learning curve and they’ll come out stronger from that.”