Gomez aims to keep Burnley party on ice

Jordi Gomez scores a spectacular goal against Reading
Jordi Gomez scores a spectacular goal against Reading

JORDI Gomez says Wigan Athletic will travel to Turf Moor this afternoon determined to spoil Burnley’s promotion party.

Burnley, who are eight points clear of third-placed Derby with three games to go, can clinch a return to the Premier League with a win this afternoon.

But with Latics desperate for points themselves to secure their own play-off spot, it’s sure to be a real Bank Holiday blockbuster in East Lancashire.

Latics go into the game on a high having spanked play-off rivals Reading 3-0 on Good Friday.

And Gomez, who opened the scoring against the Royals with another stunning strike, says Latics will revel in the role of potential party-poopers.

“Burnley are a very good side and have been up near the top of the table for much of the year,” Gomez told the Evening Post.

“They are nearly in the Premier League, but we will go there to try and get the three points.

“In the second half of the season we have been getting results against pretty much everybody, and we will go there without fear.

“If we can keep going at the level we are we are a match for anyone, and we can make it back to the Premier League.”

The Spaniard believes a similar performance to that which saw off Reading will ask serious questions of Sean Dyche’s men.

“It was a big three points for us on Friday, especially with the other results going our way as well,” Gomez added.

“It leaves us in a very good position to finish in the top six, which is where we want to be at the end of the season.

“We played very well against Arsenal at Wembley and we wanted to continue in that form.

“We managed to do that, we scored three goals and we could have scored a few more.

“It was probably one of the best performances of the season, but we need to keep this standard up for the last four matches - starting with Burnley.”

Gomez was typically understated when describing the goal – his 11th of the season – that broke the deadlock against Reading.

“Yes it was a great goal, but I don’t think it was one of my best,” he smiled.

“This season I’ve scored some decent ones, but of course they only matter when the team wins the game.

“It’s nice to be scoring goals and creating goals for my team-mates, but the most important thing is that the team wins the game.

“Obviously on Friday I was very happy because I scored and the team won.”