MAURO Boselli admits he’s desperate to transfer his League Cup form into the Premier League after keeping Wigan Athletic on the Wembley trail.
The Argentine bagged his third and fourth goals of his Latics career – all of them in this competition – in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Upton Park.
It was Wigan’s second successive 4-1 away win in the Capital One Cup, after they disposed of Nottingham Forest in the last round.
And Boselli is hoping to have played his way into Roberto Martinez’s plans for Saturday’s trip to Sunderland with another goal-den display.
“I am very happy with the performance of both myself and the team,” Boselli said.
“Of course the most important thing was that the team won, but it was very pleasing to score two more goals.
“It’s always important for strikers to score goals, and that will give me a great deal of confidence going forwards.
“The service for both goals was excellent, it is my job to score goals and I’m glad I was able to do that.
“It’s nice to have scored again in the League Cup, but I want to take that into the Premier League now and make my mark there.”
Boselli might even have had a hat-trick, with Latics awarded a penalty in the dying minutes with the game already won.
But regular penalty-taker Jordi Gomez insisted on taking the kick, and rounded off the scoring in style.
“Of course, I wanted to take the penalty to complete a hat-trick, but Jordi was desperate to score as well, so we decided he should take it,” Boselli added.
“It was a good job he scored, but he is a good mate and I was pleased for him.”
Boselli was not the only one to have sent a strong message to Martinez ahead of this weekend’s trip to the Stadium of Light.
Ryo Miyaichi and Callum McManaman, who impressed off the bench against Fulham last Saturday, also did their cause no harm at all.
And Boselli hopes Martinez will be in for a sleepless night or two as he tries to get the side back to winning ways in the league after back-to-back defeats.
“It was important to get a result here so we can go to Sunderland with plenty of confidence,” Boselli added.
“We have a very good squad, and a few players came in and showed the manager what they can do.
“It’s not easy to keep your place in a team like this, you have to earn it and you can only do that with good performances.
“I think a few players showed tonight what they can do, and that we are willing to fight for our places in the Wigan first XI.”