Jean Beausejour’s post-match thoughts after scoring the winning goal against Derby.
A thumping effort from Jean Beausejour in the second half ensured a 1-0 victory for Wigan Athletic at Derby County in the first game of 2014.
By Beausejour’s own admission it doesn’t happen very often and he was delighted with the goal saying:
“I’m happy to have scored the winning goal and it was a very good strike.
“I hope I celebrated well because I don’t usually get many chances to do that.
“I really enjoyed scoring the winning goal and celebrating with the supporters.”
Callum McManaman came on as a substitute moments before the Chilean international’s goal, and Beausejour admitted that short corners are something the pair have worked at before.
“Me and Callum (McManaman) sometimes like to work corners short so that we can make a two on one situation for the defender to deal with.
“This time Callum’s movement creates space for me to run into and from there I had the perfect chance to shoot.
“From that area of the pitch I would usually try to cross and pick someone out in the box, but this time I thought; why don’t I just shoot?
“Next thing I know it’s in the back of the net, so the risk I took paid off.”
The powerful efforts flew over Derby defenders and into the top corner, sparking passionate celebrations in front of almost 1,000 travelling Latics supporters.
Beausejour added that it was good to send them home with a good start to 2014.
“The fans enjoyed their day and we’re happy for their support, because Derby is a difficult place to go with them being in such good form.
“At the moment Derby are one of the best teams in the league, but our fans backed us and believed in us against a team that play very good football.
“Today we made it difficult for Derby to play against us and the fans helped us to have that solid mentality.”
Having been a substitute against Burnley in Latics’ previous game, Beausejour returned to the starting XI against Derby, but says he understands why players are being rotated in the current period.
“We’re in a moment of rotating players because there have been so many games.
“Nothing has changed for me though, I have been working hard in training and waiting to see whether I am going to play.
“We have a big squad with lots of quality so every player is capable of being on the pitch, that gives the gaffer the option to change formations and who plays in what position.
“I enjoyed my very attacking role in the team against Derby, but the main thing is we are all enjoying our chances in the team right now and we’re getting good results.”
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