GOAL hero Steve Gohouri believes Wigan’s deserved draw at Anfield means they have nothing to fear from their daunting Premier League run-in.
Latics now have a fortnight’s break from league duty as the FA Cup takes centre stage, with Wednesday’s fourth-round replay against Bolton hopefully leading to a trip to Fulham on Sunday in round five.
On their return to league combat, Latics have back-to-back clashes against both Manchester clubs next up, with Champions League-chasing Chelsea and Tottenham also to play before the end of the season.
But on the basis of the performance that derailed Liverpool’s juggernaut under Kenny Dalglish, Latics shouldn’t be fearing anyone as they look to pick up enough points to pull clear of the drop zone.
And Gohouri believes momentum is now with Latics, who suddenly look a different side with their long-term absentees all now back on the field.
“We just never stopped believing that we could get something out of the game,” Gohouri told the Evening Post.
“We knew we were playing well in the game, and we deserved to get our goal.
“We came here with a great deal of confidence after last week’s win over Blackburn, and that gave us a real spring in our step.
“We knew we had nothing to lose at Anfield, and we showed a great deal of character to get a result.
“To get a point at Liverpool can only help our confidence in the dressing room even further, and hopefully that will stand us in good stead.”
Gohouri showed real predatory instincts to net his second goal for the club, reading Antolin Alcaraz’s flick on from Charles N’Zogbia’s cross to prod past Pepe Reina.
“When I saw Antolin get a touch to the ball, I made my run for the second ball, and it came right into my path,” he said.
“I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, this is my opportunity’, and I was determined not to waste it.
“Thankfully, I didn’t, and it was a really, really, really good feeling to see it hit the net.
“The cross from Charles was superb, and he deserved to have someone put it away.
“I don’t know why I was there at the far post on the left-hand side, but I’m glad I was there.
“At the end of the day, though, it’s not important who scores the goals. It’s all about the result and thankfully we came away with a good one.”
Emmerson Boyce missed the game after suffering a slight reaction to his recent hamstring trouble.
Hendry Thomas was left out of the matchday squad after returning from Honduras’ friendly against Ecuador last Wednesday with flu.