Welbeck: “I'm Buzzing To Be Back”
Danny Welbeck is desperate to make a significant contribution to the team now he is back from injury.
Welbeck made his first appearance yesterday since October and looked very bright, producing one bit of skill in front of The Graham Taylor Stand and then a crowd-pleasing charge down on the other side soon after.
His return was the big positive to emerge from a gut-wrenching defeat at home to the Toffees and his availability bodes well for the run-in.
“It's difficult having been out through injury,” said Welbeck on Added Time. “It's great to get back out on the pitch, it's a good moment for me. But it's a bittersweet day. I'm buzzing to be back out on the pitch...and back involved with the lads, but the result is not something you can be happy about.
“It's difficult to take the defeat considering the position we were in. There are lessons we've got to learn from and see how we can come back from these disappointing moments. How you deal with these up and downs will test your character and make you who you want to be.”
Welbeck has had his fair share of disappointment to deal with, but he's one of the most upbeat and humble characters around the place. He's been working overtime to try and get back in the best possible shape.
“I've just wanted to be on the pitch doing what I can to help the boys and help the club get the results that we want. It's difficult watching from the sidelines. I'm happy to be back involved and to try and make some impact for the team,” he said.
Nigel Pearson is delighted to have a player of Welbeck's pedigree available again. The 29-year-old not only brings firepower to the front-line, he has been also been around the block long enough to be able to help the team deal with a set back or two.
“The manager said a few words and everyone was really down,” he said. “We need to look at it, analyse it and see where we went wrong. We've got to learn form these mistakes and make sure it doesn't happen again. These unfortunate moments happen. You go through so many ups and downs in life and you just want to try and keep them to a minimum. We'll come back stronger.”
On the plus side, Welbeck has 33 minutes under his belt to take into the key game with Brighton on Saturday.
“It's a massive match next week, but we've got to play the game and not the occasion. It's important to prepare well tactically, mentally and physically. We want to get points from every single game.”