“The emotions just took over.” – Tim Chow reflects on a ‘dream debut’.
- Tim Chow talks us through ‘a dream come true’ after goal scoring home debut.
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- “Words can’t describe that feeling.” – Tim Chow.
It was a day to remember on Saturday for Billinge-born midfielder Tim Chow, scoring on his full and home debut for Wigan Athletic, the club he joined as a 10-year-old.
The 21-year-old former Michael Millett Award winner was initially told he wouldn’t be offered a new contract at the club, but weeks later new manager Gary Caldwell drafted him into the first team squad and handed Chow his debut as a late substitute against Millwall last Tuesday.
Come Saturday, Chow was stepping out for his first ever competitive start for the club, little did he know that 26 minutes into his home debut he’d become an instant hit with a perfectly timed header to give Latics the lead against Brighton & Hove Albion.
“Words can’t describe that feeling”, said Chow at full time.
“That was a dream debut and more than I could ever have hoped for. I’ve been with the club since I was 10, so really it is a dream come true.
“To score was something really special with all my family and friends here, but to get the three points as well was brilliant, especially as we’ve not been good at home all season.”
Describing the goal, Chow said he had always wondered what he’d do should the moment come about:
“After making my debut at Millwall last week I was thinking what would I do if I scored, but you never really plan it and the emotions just took over, it’s something I’ll never forget.
“We were passing it about well and playing some good stuff and after I saw Jermaine (Pennant) get the ball I just tried my hardest to get into the box.
“The gaffer told me to do that before the game, the ball came in and I just knew it was going to land on me, so I got my head on it and I knew it was going in.
“I ran off towards my family and seeing all of them in the stand was something special.”
In his post-match interview, Gary Caldwell spoke highly of the attitude and quality Chow brings to training each day, and the midfielder repaid the compliment by thanking his manager for the chance he’s been waiting for.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him (Gary Caldwell). Gary and Graham Barrow, all of the coaching staff who have helped me, Joe Parkinson, Peter Atherton, everyone behind the scenes have helped me so much.
“For Gary to come in and give me this chance, that’s all I’ve asked for and he’s given me that chance so hopefully I can repay him.
“It was a dream debut, but it’s gone now. Two weeks ago I was told I wasn’t getting another contract, Gary’s come in and given me a chance with the first team straight away and now I’ve just got to keep going.”
Reflecting on the build up to Saturday’s game, Chow said the history of the club and the supporters were essential in a victory which keeps Latics’ hopes of survival in the Sky Bet Championship alive.
“We came into the game today knowing that a draw wasn’t good enough, we simply had to win.
“The gaffer made that clear to us before the game and we watched a video about the club’s history. I know as much as anybody how much this club means to every single one of those fans.
“As soon as we turned up at the stadium and the fans clapped us into the ground it gave us a huge lift, they were amazing and the three points were made special by the way they got behind us.”