Patience and extra fitness work pays dividends for Davies on first start.
- 29-year-old strikes scores on first Wigan Athletic start as Latics win 3-0 against Scunthorpe United.
- After arriving with injury, Davies closing in on full fitness for Gary Caldwell’s side.
- Davies – “I’ll always give 110%”
Latics frontman Craig Davies was delighted to mark his first start for the club with a goal as Gary Caldwell’s side defeated Scunthorpe United 3-0 at the DW Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Reflecting on the game with LaticsPlayerHD, Davies said the team performance and his own contribution sent him home a very happy man.
“Our first three points and my first goal as well; I’m more than happy,” he said. “Especially with the team performance.
“It’s always nice to score but most importantly I’ll always give 110% whether it’s going for me or not going for me and I did that today.
“It was really good; the gaffer is trying to get us playing in a certain way and I think it really showed tonight, especially in the first ten minutes. From the goalkeeper, to the left back, to me and Will in attack, everybody played really well.”
Davies arrived at the DW Stadium with a slight knock and was a week or two behind his teammates throughout pre-season.
But he’s back on track now and ready to make a valuable contribution.
“I was happy to come back into the team after playing cameo roles in two of the first three games but I did start the season a little bit later than everybody else so I am a little behind and the manager knew that,” Davies explained.
“The last couple of weeks I’ve been putting in that extra work and tonight it paid off.
“I’ll just keep on grafting away, keep getting fitter and fitter and it won’t be long until I’m fully fit.”
Davies applauded the Wigan Athletic support when he was substituted towards the end of the game and following his goal in the 70th minute, and he praised the fans on a good night at the DW Stadium.
“The atmosphere was really good,” he added. “I’ve been here a couple of times and I’ve been really impressed. I was on the bench on Sunday and it was then and we didn’t get the result but I could hear they were still behind us.”