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13 August 2014

Striker bags first goal of the season but disappointed to crash out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle.

  • Fortune gave Latics the lead in 2-1 defeat Burton Albion
  • French striker marked his 50th appearance with a goal
  • 'Charlton game is important – we need three points'

Marc-Antoine Fortune marked his 50th Wigan Athletic appearance with a goal as Latics crashed out of the Capital One Cup in the first round at the hands of Burton Albion.

The 33-year-old opened the scoring in the first-half at the Pirelli Stadium but goals from Dominic Knowles and Stuart Beavon sent the Brewers into the second round.

And Fortune says it was an evening of mixed emotions for him.

“A team like Wigan Athletic should win these games and we’re really disappointed, I think we have to give an answer quickly because we can’t lose a game like that,” Fortune explained.

“I was injured during pre-season so it was a hard beginning for me but now I’m back and it’s always good to score but when your team lose it’s only half happiness.

“I will take the goal but the most important thing to focus on is that we're out and that's not good enough.”

Fortune added that a win on Saturday, in what he describes as a ‘big game, at Charlton Athletic is the only way to put right Tuesday’s defeat against the Sky Bet League Two side.

And he says he hopes to add more starts to his Wigan Athletic tally, after already making 28 appearances from the bench, though he’s happy to contribute in any way he can for Uwe Rosler’s side.

“It’s a big game, we know how important it will be because we need to start quicker than we did this season and reach our target quickly,” he continued.

“I think to get three points is important – there’s no other solution to putting right Tuesday’s defeat.

“During the pre-season I was injured and then I came on for ten minutes against Reading, it was a bit short but we came back for the draw and then tonight I started the game and scored so I hope I showed the manager I’m ready for a new start in the next game.

“If not, I’ll still be ready on the bench and try to do my best for Wigan Athletic.”

Fortune, who signed from West Bromwich Albion on a two-year-deal last summer, says he is determined now to achieve the promotion he set out to realise in his first season with the club.

“When I signed, I signed to be a part of the Wigan Athletic side that gets back to the Premier League and I’m still ready for this challenge,” Fortune said. 

“I will do everything I can for it now I’m fit, every time the manager picks me.

“We have a long season ahead and I’m looking forward to it.”

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