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Watkins on song in Weston

Marley Watkins marked his return from injury with an assist and a goal as City’s Under-23s beat QPR 2-0 at the Optima Stadium.

The Welsh international, who injured his hamstring while on loan at Aberdeen at the end of October, assisted Sam Bell for a goal after four minutes and then smacked home a half volley 14 minutes later.

Watkins, along with Callum O’Dowda and Nathan Baker, completed 66 minutes while Liam Walsh played the full game in front of watching first team manager Nigel Pearson and his coaching team.

Talking to Robins TV, Watkins said:“It was great to brush off the cobwebs and great to see some of the other lads like Bakes, Walshy and Cal out there. It was good to be back out there playing and get some minutes in the legs.

Robins TV: Watkins on his comeback

 

“It’s never nice being injured but we all go through it so there’s no point moaning about it -  we’ve just got to get on with it, do the work, which is what we have done and we are ready and raring to go.

“It’s great to show and set an example for the younger lads and put the effort in. The tempo’s always a bit slower in an Under-23s game but you can only play what’s in front of him. I felt fit and it was just a case of going out there and enjoying it,” added Watkins.

“But also, the Under-23s are top of the league and they want to keep up their winning record so we have to be on board with the tactics and be professional and be an example for the young lads.”

With 11 Sky Bet Championship matches to go, Watkins wants to put himself in the frame for selection, adding: “We are not here to make up the numbers – we want to get into the team and stay in there.”

The development squad's next game is at Millwall on Monday, March 15th (2pm KO).

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