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18 March 2013

Ivorian striker on the unfamiliarity of scoring a late winner.

After yesterday’s 2-1 stoppage time victory over Newcastle United, Arouna Kone admitted it was a new feeling for himself when he scored the winner in the first minute of second half stoppage time.

Kone said:

“It’s the first time that I can remember that I’ve scored so late in a game to get the three points.

“I didn’t quite know how to celebrate when we had scored because it hasn’t happened for me like that in my career.

“It was a brilliant moment and the whole stadium was rocking, the fans seemed to really enjoy it.”

Kone’s ninth league goal of the season means he is now closing in on a club record set by Henri Camara in 2005/06 when the Senegalese forward scored 12 Premier League goals in one season but, Latics’ number two insists his aim is to help the team first and foremost.

“It’s great to have personal ambitions but it’s not about me at this time, it’s all about the team and how we can get ourselves to safety.

“It could be a really memorable season if we can achieve our goals in both the Premier League and the FA Cup.

“Getting back-to-back wins is great for our confidence and the more we win games the more momentum we will gather along the way.”

In terms of yesterday’s match itself, Kone was confident that Newcastle’s equaliser would only spur on one outcome, adding:

“Having gone one up we wanted to consolidate our lead and after they equalised there was only one thing we wanted to do and that was to score a second and win the game.

“The timing of my goal was perfect for us, the ball just flashed up in front of me and I go a foot to it before the defender could.

“It was a great moment for the team, it was a moment when the joy of taking the lead so late just overcomes you and it was fantastic.”

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