'My Season' continues with our FA Cup joint top goal scorer who talks about hat-tricks, hard work and a very special journey.
The 2012-13 campaign was a long one for Wigan Athletic, what with playing in three rounds of the Capital One Cup and the added games involved in winning the FA Cup.
Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez has played in a personal record 42 matches for Latics this season, something he sees as a development of his game.
“I’ve played over 40 games this season and I haven’t been injured or missed a training session so I’m happy with my achievements but of course disappointed with what happened in the league.
“I scored goals in both cups (pictured celebrating Capital One Cup goal v Nottingham Forest) and helped the team which is the main aim of any player.
“I think the football we played improved and I think my football improved as well which is a big positive for myself.”
The highlights of Gomez’s season are of course winning the FA Cup and scoring his first career hat-trick against Reading back in November, a match which he admitted was that old football cliché of a game of two halves.
“The diving header against Reading wasn’t a goal that I usually score but I didn’t really think about it at the time because the game was so end-to-end.
“The game itself had everything because it wasn’t my best first half but then after the break I scored three goals which I think won people over a little bit.
“Scoring a hat-trick is special for any player and because we won the game late on it felt even better and I still remember the feeling of seeing the crowd and my team mates celebrating.”
Gomez not only excelled in the game against Reading, as in early January he made his mark on the FA Cup in the opening rounds of Latics’ participation in the competition.
With three goals to his name and a winning goal against Macclesfield Town (pictured right), the 28-year-old said he was proud to have played his part but stressed that everybody connected with the club made it a special achievement.
“To have gone all the way from that game against Bournemouth away to Wembley was very special and the supporters also have to be praised for that because we played away in every round.
“When we won the FA Cup the first thing I thought about was just the fact that we had won on the day but when I look back at the hard work that went in before the final it is very impressive to say that all of our wins were away from home.
“It’s been brilliant to live through these moments and it’s nice to look back and see that I scored some goals to help us through the run.
“Everybody has done a good job, including the players who haven’t played as many games, the thing everyone has to remember is that we won the FA Cup as a team and as a club and that’s what makes it a special memory.”
Gomez takes to the stage at the FA Cup parade to thank supporters.
Our next player focus for 'My Season' is Ivorian hot-shot Arouna Kone, which will be on the website this time next week June 12.
Roman Golobart was the first in the series and you can read his season by [clicking here].