Sammon is hungry for more

Conor Sammon at Sunderland

Conor Sammon at Sunderland

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CONOR Sammon reckons the intense competition for places up front is driving Wigan Athletic’s strikers on to greater heights.

The Dubliner started his second game in a row against Sunderland at the weekend, and put in a sterling shift up top before giving way to Franco di Santo in the closing stages.

The Argentine’s fresh legs were a huge factor as Latics ended strongly and nicked a win at the death thanks to Di Santo’s fourth goal of the season.

The pair’s exploits meant Hugo Rodallega – Wigan’s all-time record Premier League goalscorer – remained on the bench for the duration.

And Sammon believes the three-way fight for the lone centre-forward position will stand Wigan in good stead ahead of a daunting-looking December programme.

“Competition for places is what you want,” he told the Evening Post.

“Whether it’s me, Franco or Hugo who gets the start, we’re all pushing each other and fighting for the position.

“I think that’s very healthy for the club because it keeps us fresh, competitive and hungry to work hard in training and in matches.

“We’ve a lot of big games coming up, particularly over Christmas, and I’m sure we’ve all got a part to play.”