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8 April 2017

Forward says his strike keeps the fight going for Latics in their battle to stay in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Nick Powell reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 3-2 win over Rotherham United.
  • Powell says dressing room in the battle together.
  • Powell: “If there was anything I wanted to do it was to score the winning goal.”
Wigan Athletic forward Nick Powell sparked fantastic celebrations at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon after his 96th minute free-kick secured all three points for Latics against Rotherham United.

Albeit the result changed little in the Sky Bet Championship standings, the confidence Powell’s free-kick has given Graham Barrow’s side going into the final five games of the season is priceless.

And the man himself said post-match that he was desperate to make an impact from the bench.

“The results haven’t been going the way the club and I wanted them whilst I have been injured and nobody wants to be in a relegation battle,” he explained.

“We’re the worst off of the three sides left in the battle and it’s not a good situation but if there was anything I wanted to do it was to score the winning goal and that’s what I got today.”

Powell added that he’s rued the fact injuries have limited him to just 17 appearances in his first full season as a permanent Wigan Athletic player.

“I have had a hard three-and-a-half months and my season has been playing then injured and playing and then injured – this long injury has killed it really for me personally,” Powell continued.

“I’ll do anything I can to help the team; we want to stay in the Championship.”

And Powell’s final message was clear, there’s no giving up from the playing squad:

“We’re all fighting for this club,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, the performances haven’t been the best and the players would put their hands up and go along with that but we’re not trying to sabotage this club; we’re fighting for our jobs and the club’s safety. 

“At the end of the day, we’re all in this together and I think if the fans are with us or not, we’ll still be fighting and the goal at the end showed we are fighting rather than giving up.”

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