Sammon sure of survival

Conor Sammon takes on Jermaine Jenas
Conor Sammon takes on Jermaine Jenas

CONOR Sammon reckons it is only a matter of time before Latics start making their way up the table.

The striker was a second half substitute in Saturday’s stalemate with Spurs at the DW Stadium.

Wigan were the superior side throughout the match and had the better of the chances, but they struggled to find a breakthrough on a frustrating afternoon.

But the Irishman is confident with what he has seen so far and is adamant that the squad have what it takes to lift themselves from the foot of the table.

“We’re creating chances,” said Sammon. “If we weren’t, we’d come off the park with nothing to talk about.

“We do have a lot of quality and we’re creating chances which unfortunately we didn’t take against Spurs but come next week, it may be a different story.”

The 24-year-old had a golden opportunity with just minutes remaining.

Tom Cleverley battled well to send Sammon through on goal but he just couldn’t find the right connection to slot it past Heurelho Gomes, who managed to get it under control after he had fumbled it

And Sammon says that for a minute, he thought it was creeping in.

He added: “I thought it was. I think I might have given him a chance by not putting it as much in the corner.

“I think I caught it too sweet. If you scuff it, sometimes it can go into the bottom corner but that’s the way it was.

“We kept plugging then for the next two or three minutes and had a few other chances. I thought we finished very strongly and played well. I was just disappointed we couldn’t find a winner like the last game.”

Minutes after his effort, Sammon then turned provider, crossing an exquisite ball to fellow substitute Franco Di Santo but the Argentine just couldn’t get a foot on it.

“It was a very good move,” said Sammon.

“Franco came very close to getting it at the back post but if we keep working on things like that, hopefully next time we’ll score.

“I was delighted again to come on and with the game so tight coming on as a substitute, I think the game is there for you to come and make an impact and try to get the winning goal and that’s what I tried to do.

“I’ll keep getting myself into those areas if the manager keeps selecting me.”

Sammon received a rousing reception when he entered the fold on Saturday with the fans clearly excited by his early positive signs.

The former Kilmarnock player has been unfortunate not to score so far but has but in a string of positive performances.

“I’m loving every second of it and the fans gave me a good reception coming on which is brilliant,” he said.

“I’ve always been confident in my own ability that I can cause problems and help out my teammates by creating chances.”