Young Player of the Year pleased to be quick off the mark ahead of 2014-15 campaign.
Latics forward Martyn Waghorn was delighted to get off the mark in pre-season as Uwe Rosler’s side defeated Besiktas 2-1 at the DW Stadium.
Waghorn headed home the opener on Tuesday evening before Koybasi Ismail levelled three minutes later with a left-footed free-kick.
The former Sunderland man bagged the winner from the penalty spot after Callum McManaman was fouled by Atiba Hutchinson.
And the 24-year-old says he was just as pleased to get the minutes under his belt after replacing Marc-Antoine Fortune in the early stages.
“It’s always nice to get off the mark straight away,” Waghorn said. “I come on a lot sooner than expected with Marco unfortunately pulling up but I’m glad to get the minutes under the belt and obviously it’s nice to get some goals at the DW.
“The work that we’re doing is obviously paying off and I think last Friday against Walsall was just a tough day with the heat because we worked hard and it took its toll on us.
“Today we felt fresh and that showed in the game, we felt good and we’ll recover now ahead of Saturday.”
Waghorn is gearing up for his first full season at the DW Stadium after making his initial loan switch from Leicester City permanent in April.
And he says he’s delighted to be with Rosler’s group from the start this time around with five new additions settling in well.
“I had a good spell on loan and I’m over the moon to sign permanently so it’s good to be here from the start this time,” he added. “I’m still finding my feet but I’m hoping to make a big impression in pre-season.
“I think it was important to get most of the signings in before Germany, we’re a close-knit group and everyone is fitting in well; some of them we’ve known from previous clubs or playing against them so it’s not been too hard.
“Pre-season is about finding your feet and getting your sharpness but at the same time you’re looking to win every game and you certainly don’t want to lose so we’re pleased we’ve got some good results.”
After scoring his second from the spot, Waghorn was also pleased to lose the pressure of his penalty record with Latics after missing his first for the club in a 2-0 defeat against Blackpool at the DW back in April.
“It was nice to take a penalty with not that much pressure just to get rid of the voodoo at the DW,” Waghorn continued.
“I’ll put my name down for some more and back myself to score.”