CALLUM Wilson admitted he should have hit his Cherries half-century sooner before setting his sights on three figures.

The red-hot frontman brought up 50 goals for the Dorset club after netting the opener in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Signed from Coventry in July 2014, two serious knee injuries restricted the striker’s goalscoring exploits for Eddie Howe’s men.

Wilson, who achieved the landmark figure in 128 games in all competitions, revealed his focus on building a legacy with the Dorset club.

Speaking about reaching his 50, the hitman told the Daily Echo: “It’s nice to make that achievement. I should have had it a lot sooner but we got there in the end.

“Now I am looking upwards, I am trying to get 100 goals. Why not make another landmark for the club?

“Any striker wants to score as many goals as possible for their club and I’m the same.

“I don’t think my hunger has ever changed. It has always been there. Even when I got injured the desire was to get back to my best and, even when I got there, to improve from that point.

“I’m still only 26. I have missed a lot of football and am catching up now. I am always working hard, doing extra on the training field and trying to improve. There are still a lot of things to work on.

“Day by day, I am trying to become the finished article. I don’t think you can ever stop improving.

“I have my own personal targets and I don’t base them on other players. There are targets I want to reach and things I want to achieve – as long as I’m reaching those, I don’t worry about any other player.”

No Englishman has scored more goals than Wilson in the Premier League this season.

He has struck six times in the top flight, a tally which puts him alongside Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Glenn Murray.

The former England under-21 international, who has been touted for a senior call-up, has played an integral role in helping Cherries to sixth in the table with 20 points from 11 fixtures.

“On Saturday we lost the game and there are still things we can learn from,” added the Coventry-born star.

“We were disappointed not to come away with anything having played so well throughout periods of the game. It was just little errors here and there that cost us.

“We have a good run coming up and the team is going to need everybody firing on all cylinders. I will be looking to do that as well.

“There are only 11 games gone. We still have a long way to go yet and are improving week by week.”

Some 25 of Wilson’s Cherries goals have come in the Premier League. He is the club’s second-highest scorer at England’s elite level – nine behind strike partner Joshua King.