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WAGHORN DELIGHTED WITH WATFORD WINNER

23 March 2014

Martyn Waghorn happy to contribute in 'massive win'.

Martyn Waghorn was delighted to notch the winner on his return to the Latics starting XI as Uwe Rosler’s side secured a vital three points with a 2-1 win over Watford at the DW Stadium.

Waghorn fired home just before the hour mark after Jean Beausejour had earlier cancelled out Lewis McGugan’s opener for the Hornets.

And the former Sunderland man said he’s keen to keep contributing to Latics’ bid for promotion.

“It was nice to get the start and get the goal to win the game,” Waghorn said. 

“It was a massive win for us after the draw on Tuesday and it keeps us on course for what we want to achieve – it was an all-round good performance.

“I want to try and impress as much as I can and in the short space of time I have here I want to contribute lots of goals and assists.

“The teams above will keep looking over their shoulders and it’s nice to keep that pressure on by keeping our run going.”

Waghorn finished into Manuel Almunia’s bottom left-hand corner after James McArthur’s shot fell kindly into his path, extending Latics’ unbeaten run to ten games in all competitions.

And the 24-year-old says the consistency and momentum built from Latics’ recent run has further increased the character within the group, a characteristic shown by the immediate response to going behind against the Hornets.

“James [McArthur] just hit the shot and it fell nicely for me so it was nice to put it in and obviously then get the three points,” he added.

“Pegging them back straight away was important because it knocks their momentum and we got back on the front foot.

“We’ve got a strong belief in the squad that we can always win and put teams under pressure at home.”

And Waghorn is now hopeful he will be involved ahead of two crunch games with playoff rivals QPR and local rivals Bolton Wanderers.

The Leicester City loanee, who has three goals in eight appearances for Latics since moving to the DW Stadium in Janaury, says he’ll be fully prepared to feature as the season enters the business end in the final ten games.

“It’s up to the manager in terms of team selection and what he thinks is right on the day but I’ll work hard, recover well, and hopefully I’ll get the nod for another big game for us.

“It’s important we focus on ourselves, obviously there are some good quality teams around us but if we keep winning then I think it’s good that we’re on hand to capitalise if other teams slip up.”

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