Willock ready to make his mark

Boro striker Calum Willock insists he will always be ready when called upon by manager Graham Westley despite growing frustrated at a lack of first team opportunities. Willock came off the bench to grab the second goal in Boro s 2-0 win at Crawley on Mon

Boro striker Calum Willock insists he will always be ready when called upon by manager Graham Westley despite growing frustrated at a lack of first team opportunities.

Willock came off the bench to grab the second goal in Boro's 2-0 win at Crawley on Monday and the 27-year-old was delighted to play his part in the club's Blue Square Premier run-in.

Willock is one of the most popular characters within the Boro dressing room and his team-mates were delighted to see him get on the scoresheet with the former Peterborough forward playing a bit-part role this season.

"It is very frustrating because obviously I just want to play football," Willock told The Comet. "But at the end of the day it's a team game and you have to respect the manager's decision.

"We've got good players like myself who can come in and do a job. All the boys and the staff have been saying that my performances deserve a goal and it felt so good to finally get it."

It was always going to be difficult for Willock to force his way into the team with the likes of Steve Morison and Lee Boylan in front of him but the ex-Fulham trainee could be a valuable asset to come off the bench in the remaining three games this season.

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"The staff always make you fell part of it all even if you're not playing," he added. "It's a squad game now and not all about the 11.

"Anything can happen like injuries and suspensions so the staff always make sure that you're ready if called upon. You've got to keep yourself mentally right so that when you come in, you can do the job."

While Willock is pleased to be getting some first team action, he also admitted to being relieved at recently escaping the post-match workout that unused substitutes are put through by fitness coach Neil Withington.

"I've been used to doing that workout for a while now! It was good to not actually do it for once because it gets you blowing!

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