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28 September 2016

Striker delighted to be off the mark for Wigan Athletic with opener against former club Wolves.

  • “Scoring goals is my aim, and I want to build on this,” Adam Le Fondre.
  • Striker says his first Latics goal was trademark of his style as he moved on to 176 career goals.
  • 29-year-old believes the competition he has with Will Grigg is “healthy”.
Wigan Athletic’s on-loan striker Adam Le Fondre said his first Latics goal was a replica of the majority of the 176 career goals he has scored.

The 29-year-old, who joined Latics for the season from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City, opened the scoring against former club Wolves within five minutes of his first start in Latics colours.

Talking through his goal with LaticsPlayer HD, Le Fondre said:

“If you look back through more or less all of my goals throughout my career it’s been coming across the near post and cross, touch, goal.

“It’s trademark me and I love scoring goals like that because it’s what I am about.

“This team plays the sort of football I need with the balls to feet and it works perfectly for the way I play so I am really enjoying it and I want to get bedded in and score more goals.”

Le Fondre, who has struggled for regular football since leaving Reading in 2014, admitted his biggest delight came at being afforded a start by Gary Caldwell and he hopes now to use his first goal as a platform to build from as he competes with Will Grigg for the lone striker role at the DW.

“I have come here to score and play goals; I have been waiting for my chance to play and help the team,” he explained. “It’s the team collective to win games, that’s what we set out to do and it is important now to use this win as a good start.

“Scoring goals is my aim, that’s what I want to do, and what I want to build on.

“I loved being out there; I just want to start games, I had a frustrating season at Wolves last year where I didn’t start enough games.

“Me and Will are both goal-scorers as you have seen tonight and it is healthy competition for both of us, we both want to do the best for the football club and for ourselves.”

Despite some good performances in the past month, Latics went seven games without victory prior to their win over Walter Zenga’s side and Le Fondre admitted the three points will do Latics’ dressing room the world of good.

“It has given us a new belief,” he added. “We have really got to build on this now and take it in our stride.

“We have found a lot of confidence from that win even though we have had a lot of confidence in the way we have been playing recently but obviously the win is something we can make a lot of strides forwards from.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to London to face Brentford, Le Fondre stressed the value of bringing something back from Griffin Park ahead of the international break.

“It’s important we get a positive result at Brentford,” Le Fondre continued. “They’re a good team, they play good football and are similar to us in the way they want to play.

“It is a tough place to go but it’s always a good game there and I think it’s great for the fans as well because it’s always a good atmosphere too.”

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