The big question following last night’s 3-0 victory against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough still remains, who really scored the second goal?
Martyn Waghorn believes the ball drifted straight in from his low corner on 38 minutes, but strike partner on the night Nicky Maynard has also put claim to goal, saying he got the final touch.
Whether or not Waghorn grabbed his first Wigan Athletic goal last night, the Leicester City loanee said he doesn’t mind too much:
“I’d like to hope I’ve scored a goal for the club now,” said the 24-year-old.
“It’s a bit debatable and Nicky’s definitely tried to claim it.
“We’ll see, but I don’t mind either way because it’s a big three points for us.
“It would be nice if I have got a goal, I thought from my position that it went straight in so I celebrated it.
“Nick’s said he’s got a touch so it’s a dubious one, but whether it’s a goal or an assist I can’t complain.”
The dubious goal doubled Latics’ lead after Maynard scored his first goal for the club on the half an hour mark, with Marc-Antoine Fortune adding a third in second half stoppage time to round off what Waghorn describes as a very impressive victory.
“We’ve come up against a team on a very good run, we’ve worked hard and put in a good shift to get a very important win.
“It was a gritty performance and we showed what we were capable of at both ends of the pitch.
“Hillsborough is a good place to come and do that because Sheffield Wednesday were on a very good run, scoring a lot of goals and not conceding many.
“We handled their threats really well and we scored three goals away from home so we’re absolutely delighted with how we picked up the three points.
“We’ve got to build on a confidence boost like this and really start making that charge for the play-offs now.”
On the night Waghorn took a number of threatening set pieces on top of the one which led to the second goal and he added that he’s confident in those situations.
“I back myself on set plays.
“They weren’t the greatest tonight and I lost my footing a few times in the wet corners, but I stayed low and direct towards the goalkeeper and we got a goal from one of them.
“As a forward it’s good to create chances from set plays and from open play, so hopefully I can be versatile and grab some assists and goals.”
Latics took their chances last night at Hillsborough, scoring three goals from just five shots on target, something Waghorn says the team having definitely been working towards.
“Away to Huddersfield we had plenty of chances, against Sheffield Wednesday we had much less but we were clinical and that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“We had three or four genuine chances and scored three goals, but we’ve been working hard to make sure we become a clinical team and that’s showing now.
“Hopefully the lads can continue that against Cardiff City at the weekend in the FA Cup.”