Forward reflects on injury-time leveller against Bolton Wanderers.
- Waghorn’s third goal of the season, in 94th minute, earns point in derby.
- “I wanted to prove a point and show I’m still part of this team” – former Sunderland man.
- International break a disadvantage personally, but good for the group.
In and out of the side throughout the 2014-15 campaign, Martyn Waghorn hit his season high to date on Saturday as his 94th minute overhead strike earned a 1-1 draw in the local derby with Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Reflecting on his third goal of the season, the 25-year-old said he caught himself by surprise with his finish and he was delighted to make an impact in a crucial fixture.
“I surprised myself a bit!” Waghorn explained. “My back is a bit sore now, I’ll get some ice on it, though, and that will keep me going for a few days.
“It’s nice to come off the bench and make an impact because I’ve been a bit hit and miss lately with getting on and then not being in the squad.
“I’ve had a difficult season, I’ve been in and out, but it’s nice to get on, get the game time I can and hopefully prove a point to the gaffer than I’m here, I’m willing to work hard and I’m still a part of this team hoping to succeed in keeping Wigan in this division.”
On the game itself, Waghorn felt the spirit of the players to react after Bolton’s cruelly deflected opener was a real positive.
“It was a good day for football, the fans were great; they got behind us, kept us going and it’s important that they’re there for us in the next few weeks,” he added.
“It was a typical, scrappy derby with both sides fighting for a win so it was nice to get a draw at the end of it.
“We think we played really well, dominated a lot of territory in the game and restricted them to only a couple of chances.
“Unfortunately, they’ve scored a lucky goal but it was great spirit and character from the lads to fight back and get a point.”
Waghorn would probably argue the international break falls at the wrong time for him after such a high, but the rest of his teammates, who have played twice a week for the last six weeks, will feel the benefits going into the closing stage of the season, starting with a trip to Middlesbrough.
“The international break falls at probably the wrong time for me but it gives a lot of the lads time to have a break and a rest and to get their minds and bodies ready for the difficult run in,” Waghorn continued.
“The whole squad is going to have to be ready and, when called upon, we’ll have to be sharp.
“Middlesbrough have been doing really well up at the top end of the league but we’ve tended to do a little bit better away from home with the release of the pressure, the fact we can play our good football on some nice pitches and have a good go at them.”