CONOR Sammon has pledged to fight his way into the Wigan Athletic side, after coming within an inch of making an immediate impact at Manchester City.
The Dubliner came on for his Premier League debut in the closing stages of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Eastlands, and had a golden opportunity in the fourth minute of stoppage time to rescue a point for his side.
After taking Hugo Rodallega’s pass in his stride, Sammon saw his shot beat England goalkeeper Joe Hart – only to drift agonisingly beyond the far post.
The result keeps Latics rock-bottom of the Premier League with just nine matches remaining, but Sammon is adamant he can make an impact in the final quarter of the campaign.
“I am obviously disappointed it didn’t go in, as it would have been a fantastic way to end a debut, but all I can do is keep working hard and getting into the positions and hopefully the goals will come,” he said.
“I haven’t actually seen the replay yet, but some of the boys said it may have even flicked the post.
“To be honest, I thought it was going in as soon as I hit it.
“It didn’t happen for me today, but I’ll keep my head up and keep trying.”
Sammon has had to wait patiently for his opportunity since joining from Kilmarnock just hours before the January transfer window shut.
But after being named on the bench for the first time, he’s got a taste of the big time – and is desperate for more.
“I found out on Saturday morning at the team meeting, and I was absolutely buzzing when I saw my name on the bench,” the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international added. “It’s what I’ve been working towards since I came here five weeks ago.
“The manager has been very patient with me since I arrived, and has let me settle in to get a good few weeks of training under my belt.
“And I feel it’s definitely helped me.
“I’m very keen to make an impression and help the boys out in the position we’re in, and I’m looking forward to playing many more games.
“I feel I’m ready and it would have been a fantastic way to mark my debut if it had gone in, but I’ll keep plugging away.”
Sammon arrived at Wigan having established a reputation for being one of the deadliest marksmen in the SPL, and he feels he can make the step up.
“I’m keen to come here and challenge for a first-team spot,” he added.