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Bradley Wright-Phillips glad to be back for Plymouth

Bradley Wright-Phillips
Bradley Wright-Phillips was at Southampton between 2006 and 2009

Plymouth Argyle striker Bradley Wright-Phillips is pleased to finally be back in competitive action at Home Park.

The 25-year-old has so far been limited to just two league starts because of a knee injury sustained shortly after signing from Southampton in July.

After scoring his first goal for Argyle in midweek, he said: "When it hit the back of the net it was a good feeling.

"But it has been horrible, especially when the team's losing and you're not contributing," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"It's just frustrating and no-one can make you happy at that time if you love football."

After making two substitute appearances for the Pilgrims in September, Wright-Phillips did not appear in a green shirt again until January, when he also came off the bench twice.

But the former Manchester City player was given his first start when he lasted 74 minutes in Argyle's 1-1 draw at Coventry.

And the diminutive striker kept his place for Tuesday night's visit of Bristol City, when he rewarded boss Paul Mariner by getting on the scoresheet on the stroke of half-time after latching onto Kari Arnason's long throw.

"When it came in it bounced nicely," said Wright-Phillips. "And I just thought I had no other choice but an overhead kick."

Wright-Phillips' return from injury has been carefully managed, the back-room staff having been cautious of pushing him into action too soon.

"We thought we'd give him a little bit more time to regain his confidence and get some training under his belt," Plymouth boss Paul Mariner told BBC Devon.

"Now it looks as though we can probably get a very good 70-75 minutes out of him, so that's fantastic for us."

"I don't get any problems with my knee but it's just getting that match fitness," added Wright-Phillips. "It is really difficult to run for 90 minutes but other than that I feel fine."

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