Devante Cole talks through his match-winning assist for Will Grigg as Latics beat Oxford United 1-0 at the DW Stadium.
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Speaking to iFollow Latics following his late heroics in the 1-0 victory over Oxford United on Tuesday evening, substitute Devante Cole gave his thoughts on the match-winning assist for Will Grigg's 25th goal of the season.
"I'm happy to make my home debut, get that feeling in front of the home fans and I'm buzzing we managed to get the win.
"A lot was going through my mind but as soon as I turned and saw the keeper right in front of me, I knew I needed to square it to Griggy and from there you know he's going to score."
Cole was making just his third appearance since joining Latics from Fleetwood Town in January, but the striker says he, and other members of the squad, a more than happy to wait their turn and support the rest of the squad.
"You've got to buy into this squad. It's a great squad here and you have to bide your time and be patient for the chance. I've got my chance and done well, so hopefully I can be involved in a few more before the end of the season.
"It was like any other game for me, I wanted to get on and do well for the team. I'm a striker so I would have liked a goal, but I'm more than happy to get the assist for the winning goal.
"If my chance drops the other side of the post it's 2-0 and happy days for me, but it's nothing I could control as it bobbled wide."
On a tough night overall, Cole added:
"Oxford came to the DW without any real plan of playing. They time wasted and made it difficult for us and it didn't look like we'd get a goal. In the end our quality has shone through and we've got the goal we deserved.
"As soon as we scored more spaces opened up because they had to chase for a point in stoppage time, but it played into our favour even more if anything."
Latics move onto Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium on Saturday knowing that if results do go their way, Paul Cook's side could seal promotion in front of a sell-out away following, something Cole says he'd love to be a part of.
"It would be sweet to secure promotion at Fleetwood. I came here for the opportunity to play in a better team and that looks like it's leading into Championship football for us all."