PATIENCE as they say, is a virtue. And Jordy Hiwula is footballing proof of that famous motto after coming to Wigan Athletic’s rescue at Fleetwood on Monday.
Only 10 minutes remained when Hiwula entered the fray at Highbury, with Latics being held 1-1 by the struggling Cod Army after dominating for much of the game.
While I’m on the bench, I’m watching the game closely, looking at what I could be doing if I was to get onJordy Hiwula
Within three minutes, the on-loan Huddersfield man had nudged the visitors ahead, before he teed up Michael Jacobs to make the game safe in stoppage-time.
It was Hiwula’s sighting in the first-team arena since the JPT victory over Blackpool on November 10, when his brace helped Latics through to the next round.
The last couple of months have been largely frustrating for the 21-year-old, on the outside looking in.
But he’s hoping his time has finally come after his goal-den cameo at Fleetwood.
“To score such an important goal was treally amazing,” Hiwula told the Evening Post.
“I got a massive adrenaline rush, and I went flying over to my sister, who was in the away end, to celebrate.
“I got booked for jumping into the stands, but I’ll take that.
“I got caught up in the moment because I hadn’t played for so long.
“I just need to keep working hard in training, keep doing what I’m doing, and be ready to give 110 per cent if and when the call from the gaffer comes.”
Having watched the game for 80 minutes, Hiwula knew exactly what he had to do to make an impression.
“While I’m on the bench, I’m watching the game closely, looking at what I could be doing if I was to get on,” he revealed.
“At Fleetwood I was thinking if I got on I needed to get in the pockets, where I could cause some damage.
“I only got 10 minutes, but I managed to get the goal and set up Michael Jacobs at the end, which was great.”
The result saw Latics move back up to fifth in the League One table - eight points behind leaders Walsall and Burton at the halfway mark of the campaign - ahead of this afternoon’s trip to Scunthorpe.
“Promotion is what we’re aspiring to, although we can only take it one game at a time,” he acknowledged.
“We put in a real shift at Fleetwood, we got the three points, and now it’s onto Scunthorpe and hopefully another three points.
“When you win a game, it’s so important to try and win again and again, and build some real momentum.
“We feel like we’ve been playing well in recent weeks without really getting the results we’ve deserved.
“Hopefully we can go to Scunthorpe on a real high and try and extend the winning run.”
Wigan are the third club Hiwula has spent time with on loan.
And the ex-Manchester City junior - who joined Huddersfield last summer before being immediately shipped out to the DW - admits it’s all part of the learning curve.
“It’s very different playing here to junior football - and much better,” he added.
“Both of my previous loan spells have really helped me as a player, and it’s the same here.
“I feel I’m settling in well, and hopefully I can get more minutes under my belt and score a few more goals.”