Waghorn: Straight shoot-out for final

Martyn Waghorn celebrates
Martyn Waghorn celebrates

MARTYN Waghorn is backing Wigan Athletic to come out on top tonight in a ‘straight shoot-out’ for Wembley.

Latics travel to QPR for the second leg of the Championship play-off with the scores level at 0-0 after Friday’s first leg at the DW.

While that encounter was a tense affair with chances at a premium, Waghorn believes tonight’s return will be decided by firepower.

“It’s a straight shoot-out on the night - whoever scores more goals will go through to Wembley,” Waghorn told the Evening Post.

“It’ll be a good old-fashioned cup-tie, and we fancy our chances against anyone in that situation.

“We’ve got a lot of quality in our team and we’ve a lot of confidence in our ability to do the job.

“Most of the lads have been there before and they know what it takes to win a big game like this.”

Goalkeepers Scott Carson and Rob Green were virtual spectators on Friday, with both men each making only one real save worthy of the name.

“Both sides cancelled each other out in the first game,” acknowledged Waghorn.

“We had a game-plan that we stuck too, and I guess they had the same idea.

“It’s be different in the second leg, though, because both teams will be going all-out for the win and it should make for a more exciting game.

“We’re all confident in our own ability to go there and win the tie.”

Uwe Rosler is expected to shuffle his pack for tonight with Waghorn, Roger Espinoza and James McClean in contention to start.