SUPERSTITIOUS striker Callum Wilson is keeping his goal target close to his chest following his flying start with Cherries.

Wilson notched his eighth goal of the season to help Eddie Howe’s men see off previously-unbeaten Charlton at Dean Court on Saturday.

The 22-year-old earned a summer move to Dean Court after impressing Howe and his staff as he netted 22 times for Coventry in League One last season.

Wilson said: “I have a target but I like to keep it to myself. It is not silly, it is achievable and 10 goals by Christmas would be on the way to it so, the more I get, the better.

“I had one at Coventry in what was my first full season. My lucky number is 13 so that was what I wanted to hit last season and this season it is a few more. When I achieve it, I will tell people.

“Stepping up a division, I expected to score goals but not at the same rate as I did last season. I always wanted to get as many as I could and 10 before Christmas would be a bonus. To have eight in October is a great achievement so I have got to keep my feet on the ground and, hopefully, keep scoring as many as I can.”

Wilson, whose squad number is 13, added: “The players have made me feel welcome since I came to the club and it shows in your performances. You can see I am getting a better relationship with how they play and they understand how I play so it is a good combination and I think we are doing well as a team.

“We have picked up four wins in five games so we have to keep the momentum going and, hopefully, take it into Tuesday and keep the ball rolling.

“As long as we keep picking up points, that is the main thing. We kept another clean sheet against Charlton and that was another positive for the defensive side as well.

“The tempo is a lot quicker in the Championship and the defenders are a lot quicker than in League One.

“Mistakes cost you goals in this league whereas, sometimes, you can get away with it in League One.”

Wilson was deployed as a lone striker against the Addicks with Brett Pitman operating just behind him.

He added: “I am just happy to be playing because, coming into a new team, you want to be starting. Wherever I play and whoever I am partnered with, I will try to relish the role and do my best.”