TIM Chow admitted his goalscoring debut for Wigan Athletic against Brighton was ‘a dream come true’.
The 21-year-old repaid the faith placed in him by boss Gary Caldwell with the all-important opener in the 2-1 victory over Brighton that keeps alive Wigan’s hopes of staying in the Championship.
Two weeks ago I got told I wasn’t going to get another contract, but the manager has come in and told me I have a future at this club and put me in the first team. I couldn’t have asked for any moreTim Chow
A fortnight ago, he was told he had no future at a club he’d been with since the age of 10.
But Caldwell reversed the decision and, after becoming the first Wiganer to play for the club since Gary Walsh a decade ago, Chow took his chance.
“As long as I am out there I will give everything for this football club,” he said.
“Two weeks ago I got told I wasn’t going to get another contract, but the manager has come in and told me I have a future at this club and put me in the first team.
“I couldn’t have asked for any more. All I wanted was a chance and the gaffer has come in and given me that chance.
“I’ve been at the football club since I was 10 years old. This is my club.
“It’s been a hard season to watch, so to finally get on the pitch and make a difference is just a dream come true.
“What more can you ask for? That was literally a dream come true.”
Chow’s big moment came midway through a first half that Latics had dominated but, not for the first time this season, been unable to convert their superiority into goals.
That was until Jermaine Pennant worked an opening down the right, and his cross was nodded home superbly by the young midfielder.
“I just had this feeling the cross was going to land on me,” Chow revealed.
“I got my head on it and to see it go in the net is the most incredible feeling you can imagine.
“It was special and it’s something I do like to do, I like to get into the box.
“I am a midfielder who does score goals, so hopefully there are many more to come.
“I’d been thinking about what would I do if I scored, and who would I celebrate with.
“I felt like I had to go and thank the manager, but I saw my family in the stand and that was something special.
“To make my debut and to score was brilliant, but to get the three points was the most important thing.
“We knew that a point wasn’t really good enough.
“It was do-or-die and so to get the three points was brilliant.”
The result leaves Latics five points adrift of fourth-bottom Rotherham – who are facing a possible points deduction – with two matches to play.
It may be a long shot, but Chow is living proof that impossible is nothing
“Two weeks ago I got released so anything can happen,” he added.
“We watched a little video before the game about our history – and Wigan Athletic don’t give up.
“Our club motto is ‘Believe’, so we will keep on believing until it is mathematically impossible.”