JORDI Gomez admits the international break could not have come at a worse time personally.
The Latics midfielder had just established himself in the team after starting the season on the bench.
And back-to-back goals helped Latics add three points to their tally – a last-gasp equaliser against Middlesbrough and then the winning goal against Nottingham Forest last time out.
Having worked so hard to get back into the side, Gomez is determined to continue the good work when Wigan resume their Championship campaign at Leicester on Saturday.
“You work hard in training to get your chance in the first team, and so when you do get the opportunity you’re ready to play at the weekend,” Gomez told the Evening Post.
“Fortunately I’ve got my chance in recent weeks and I’ve been pleased with the way it’s gone.
“When the team wins as well it’s always nice.
“It’s always good to get a good result before signing off for the international break, and we managed to do that.
“It sets us up for a block of games now where we have the Europa League as well to look forward to, and it will be an interesting part of the season.”
The Spaniard’s winning goal against Forest was pure opportunism, following up to tap in after Marc-Antoine Fortune’s curling shot had been tipped on to the bar.
“I just followed it in case the goalkeeper got a touch – fortunately he did and it ended up just in front of me,” Gomez acknowledged.
“It’s always nice to score goals and for it to be the winner was extra special.
“It was a good result against a very good team and that’s the main thing.”
His late equaliser had saved Latics against Boro the previous weekend, when a left-foot free-kick nearly ripped the net off its hinges.
“I didn’t know that I was going to score, but I did have a good feeling and all you can do is make sure you hit it right,” he added.
“Although we didn’t win it felt like that because we managed to save a point so late.
“The reaction after was great, and obviously it’s nice when you receive a good reception from the fans.
“All I can do is do my best, and hope that the form
holds for both myself and the team.”