MAX Power admitted the delight of notching his first goal for Wigan Athletic was tinged with disappointment that it wasn’t worth three points.
Wigan were held 1-1 in the battle of the Latics’ at Boundary Park, despite taking the lead when Power took delivery of Reece James’ pas s to drill an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the Oldham net.
I’ll take any sort of goal – whether it comes off my face, my backside, or like thatMax Power
After Latics had bossed the majority of the game, the home side took advantage of Jordan Flores’ 70th-minute sending-off – for lashing out at Jay Fulton – to equalise through substitute Dominic Poleon.
“I’ll take any sort of goal – whether it comes off my face, my backside, or like that,” Power told the Evening Post. “It’s obviously a lot sweeter when it’s a nice strike like that.
“But I have to say I’m disappointed that it’s not a winning goal.”
The 22-year-old - a close-season arrival from Tranmere - revealed the seeds of the goal had been planted the previous weekend.
“I had a little pop at Reece last week, because there was a similar opportunity against Fleetwood when he could have rolled it to men and he didn’t,” he said.
“We spoke at half-time and he said he’d remembered what he’d said, and given me the ball to shut me up.
“And there’s no better feeling than to see it go in.”
Latics had to withstand a late assault from Oldham to return to Wigan with a point, which Power says they’ll take after a below-par start to the season on the road.
“Oldham had a little spell in that second half, that to be honest was expected as the home team,” he added.
“But I thought we’d ridden it out, just before the sending-off,
“In the circumstances we’ve dug in, we’ve shown a lot of character and come away with a good point.
“We’ve been working really hard to put the away form right.
“And I think there were a lot of positive signs that it is turning for us.”
Latics are back in action
tomorrow night when Millwall visit the DW Stadium.
Boss Gary Caldwell is sweating on the fitness of Jason Pearce, who had to
leave the field in the closing stages to be replaced by Andy Kellett.
“Fingers crossed it’s not too bad,” said Caldwell.
“It’s a slight injury, but we were under the cosh at the end so we needed to get him off.”