Aaron Wilbraham: Bristol City striker unrelenting on goal target

Aaron Wilbraham
Wilbraham's brace against AFC Wimbledon brought his total to 11 goals for the season

Bristol City's Aaron Wilbraham has said he will keep pushing to improve his goalscoring record for the season.

The 35-year-old striker joined the League One leaders from Crystal Palace in the summer.

His brace in Tuesday's 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy area quarter-final win over AFC Wimbledon took his goal tally to 11 from 19 games.

"My best return is 17. I'm not going to take it for granted that I should get to that target," he said.

"It's early days still. I've got to keep working hard and pushing myself for a good total."

Wilbraham's goals-per-club
Stockport (1997-2004) - 36 goals in 185 gamesBradford (loan) (2006) - One goal in five games
Hull (2004-05) - Two goals in 20 gamesNorwich (2011-12) - Two goals in 28 games
Oldham (loan) (2004) - Two goals in four gamesCrystal Palace (2012-14) - Two goals in 33 games
MK Dons (2005-11) - 57 goals in 204 gamesBristol City - 11 goals in 19 games

Wilbraham's most prolific goal-scoring spell came during his time at fellow League One side MK Dons in 2008-09, when he scored 17 in 36 games.

However, he was unable to replicate that form elsewhere and struggled for game time at both Norwich and Palace, playing only four Premier League matches for the latter.

But he has rediscovered his eye for goal at City, and is the fourth-highest scorer in League One so far this season.

"It's just good to be back playing again. I've had a couple of frustrating seasons," he added.

"I've come here and played with a great set of lads, a great manager and the fans have been great since I came here. I'm really enjoying it."

Manager Steve Cotterill gave a light-hearted response to questions about Wilbraham's goal-return this season.

"It's ok but I expected him to score 15 by this stage," he joked. "He's a bit behind so he needs to pull his finger out and do a little bit more."

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