Wed 25 Oct 2023, 15:09 · Ash Harrison

‘Job done’: Callum Wilson shares brilliant story about his goal against Crystal Palace

‘Job done’: Callum Wilson shares brilliant story about his goal against Crystal Palace
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Callum Wilson has shared what was going through his head before he scored against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson bagged himself another goal on Saturday, becoming Newcastle's third-highest Premier League goalscorer behind Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley. He now sits alongside Andy Cole and Shola Ameobi on 43 goals.

With Newcastle 3-0 up and cruising against Crystal Palace, Eddie Howe was looking to make changes just beyond the hour mark and had Miguel Almirón and Alexander Isak prepped and ready to come on, but Callum Wilson wasn't coming off the pitch without getting on the scoresheet.

The striker was determined to score before being hooked

Speaking on The Footballer's Football Podcast, Wilson was asked to talk the listeners through his goal and the number nine obliged by letting us know exactly what he was thinking before he scored.

“I’m going to be totally honest with you, the game is flowing on it’s around 65 minutes on the clock and I’m thinking, 'First game in a while, probably about the time when I’m going to be coming off', I’m looking to the side and I see Almiron and Isak standing there and I’m like, 'This better not be me because I haven’t scored yet'.

So we’ve gone on a little attack and then they’ve got the ball, they’ve gone on a counter-attack and it’s come to the winger and I’m thinking, 'Do not shoot. Keep this ball in play!' and he’s not shot and he’s set it back to (Cheick ) Doucouré who’s had a tame effort by his standards and (Nick) Pope has saved it and kept it in play.

So I’m like 'get the ball wide, get the ball wide!'. So he’s threw it to [Kieran Trippier]. Tripps has then wrapped it down the line to [Jacob Murphy] and I’m just thinking, 'Here it is!', so I get myself in the middle of the goal and then I’m like, 'Play that ball!' and he’s played it perfectly. Touch. Finish. And I was like, 'Job done, you can take me off now!'.”

He may have to make do with a place on the bench tonight

That goal took Wilson to five goals in eight Premier League outings for the season, but the former Bournemouth striker is likely set to be on the bench for the Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund tonight, as Alexander Isak is back to full fitness.

That's not necessarily a bad thing for Newcastle though, as Wilson is extremely prolific when coming off the bench.

We don't really care who scores tonight so long as the goals lead to a win!