Midfielder reflects on Sunday’s final day draw with Leeds United at the DW Stadium.
- Ryan Tunnicliffe reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United.
- Tunnicliffe gave Latics the lead with sixth minute goal his first for the club.
- On loan Fulham midfielder says season ending at the wrong time for him.
Wigan Athletic’s on loan Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe was delighted to open his account for the club during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United at the DW Stadium.
His goal in Sunday’s game was the 24-year-old’s fourth in over 160 career appearances and he admitted he surprised himself with the composure he showed as he rounded Rob Green and slotted home.
“Considering I don’t score many, I was quite composed,” Tunnicliffe said. “I took it around the keeper and it would have been embarrassing had I missed the open net so it was nice to score.
“It’s a shame it couldn’t help us to stay up with it being on the last day of the season but I felt we went out to give the fans something to cheer about.”
Despite relegation to Sky Bet League One being confirmed last weekend, Tunnicliffe added that the players knew they had to put on a show for the fans on the final day of the season and he was disappointed they didn’t win three points after Chris Wood scored his 30th goal of the season from the penalty spot following a controversial decision in which the former Manchester United man was adjudged to have fouled Eunan O’Kane in the penalty area.
“We said before the game that we had to treat it right; I know we are relegated but we’re professionals and we owed the fans that,” he explained.
“We played with freedom, tried to move the ball, got the early goal and defended well but the penalty decision is what it is and it’s got them back in the game.”
And after an impressive run of form in the team of late, Tunnicliffe admits the season has ended at a bad time for him.
“I spoke to the gaffer when I got back from my injury and he has told me to run for him - that’s part of my game,” he continued.
“When I first joined the club, I had not played for a while so I was just getting my fitness up before the injury came. I have got fit and feel like I have been playing well and helping the team but the season has probably come to an end at the wrong time for me.”
As for the future, Tunnicliffe says his options remain open.
“I’ll have a break now and, with my contract up at Fulham, I’ll see what offers come in, speak to managers and see where the best fit is for me – I hope there’s someone interested in me!”