Winger hoping to see more of the pitch and less of the medical room after impressive debut...
Jamal Campbell-Ryce cannot wait to get more minutes under his belt after making his Notts County debut on Saturday.
Campbell-Ryce impressed off the bench and netted the Magpies’ second goal in a 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic.
A troublesome calf injury had seen the exciting wideman sit out the opening six league games but he is now desperate to play his part in maintaining an impressive opening to the season.
Campbell-Ryce told Magpie Player: “It’s a relief and I’m overjoyed at the same time, because as everyone at the club knows, I’ve had a frustrating start to the season.
“Nobody more than myself has been as frustrated, it’s been horrible, but the only positive has been how well we’ve started.
“Hopefully now that I’m back, I can help the team to continue striding forward.
“Being out for four or five weeks, your match fitness is always going to be low so I think it’s going to be progressive getting me back in.
“I got 15-20 minutes on Saturday and hopefully in the next game I can get half an hour, then 45 and 60, and then crack on from there, but that’s in the gaffer and the physio’s hands.”
There has been plenty of talk about whether the midfielder meant his goal - a right-wing finish, which can be viewed on Magpie Player.
Campbell-Ryce explained: “We had our backs against the wall and I’ve travelled up the pitch and seen the goalkeeper off his line a bit.
“I think Enoch was one against three in the box and a I know the keeper was lacking a bit in confidence so I thought why not have a go.
“Some may think it was a cross but I know what I was doing.”
He added: “Going in front twice we would’ve liked to have come away with the three points and stayed top of the league.
“Going down to 10 men, we accept that it’s part and parcel of football and at the end of the day it has to go down as a good point.”
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