Striker has four in two in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, making him the Northern Section’s leading scorer.
- Hiwula keen to keep impressing boss Gary Caldwell.
- Striker has 14 goals in 31 games in 2015.
- 21-year-old Huddersfield Town loanee hoping to keep his place for Saturday’s trip to Rochdale in Sky Bet League One.
Hiwula, 21, is on a season-long loan with Latics from Huddersfield Town and he has notched five goals in ten appearances to date, with four coming in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, making him the competition’s leading goal-scorer.
Speaking after the win over the Tangerines, Hiwula said:
“I am very pleased to produce the performance I did; I felt like I worked hard, got a few chances and managed to put two away so I am happy with that.
“I’ve just got to keep showing the manager what I can do and every time I get an opportunity, give 110% and hopefully more goals will come.
“I’m pleased with my goal-scoring record recently; when I am in front of goal I always try to act on instinct and put it in the back of the net, I’ll get judged on my goals and today I felt I played well and did that.”
The Manchester-born forward’s second was from the penalty spot after his initial effort was handled by Luke Higham, though he was made to wait to take it as keeper Kyle Letheren, who was injured in the incident leading up to the penalty, was replaced by Myles Boney.
But the frontman kept his composure and finished with style.
“They made me wait for a while with the injury to the goalkeeper,” he added. “Some of their players were giving me a bit of stick but I managed to put it away and send the keeper the wrong way too.”
Reflecting on the performance as a whole, Hiwula felt Latics responded perfectly to Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Bury and, with ten changes made to the starting XI from the defeat at Gigg Lane, he also believes a few players have given manager Gary Caldwell a selection dilemma for Saturday’s trip to Rochdale.
“After Saturday’s result at Bury, the boys that played against Blackpool knew they had to put in a big performance and the fact we did that, got the result and progressed in the competition is pleasing,” Hiwula explained. “Everyone is fighting for a starting place so will see what happens on Saturday at Rochdale.”