Latics guest column - Omar Bogle

Omar Bogle
Omar Bogle

I was obviously delighted to get off the mark against Norwich on Tuesday night with two goals – it’s always nice to score!

It’s even better you you go on and win the game, and I’m just disappointing the two goals weren’t enough to win the game.

We can still take the positives, though. Norwich are a top team with internationals, and we more than matched them over the 90 minutes.

If we keep playing the way we did – especially in the second half – we’ll win more games than we lose.

It was a big decision from the manager to start me for the first time, and it’s something that’s given me a lot of confidence.

He’s obviously worked with some big players in his career – players who have gone on to do big things in the game.

So when somebody like that has faith and belief in your ability, it gives you a big boost.

He showed 100 per cent faith in my ability, and it’s nice to be able to repay him the way I did.

I thought I did relatively well, but we’ve got a great squad here – Will Grigg is a great striker – and it’s up to the manager what he does from here.

It’s just about continuing to work hard now and doing my best for the team.

The goals will come – I believe in my quality and I believe in the quality of the team.

I believe I’m going to get chances in this team, and I believe I’m good enough to take them.

I’ve worked very hard to get this opportunity, and to score on my full debut...I was buzzing, a little bit overwhelmed!

I fancied the free-kick as soon as it was awarded – it was on the right side for my left foot.

I was going to go over the wall, and it was literally at the last second – as I reached the ball – that I changed my mind to go for the goalkeeper’s side.

Luckily for me, he gambled that I was going to go over the wall, and it was great to see it go in.

I’ve always been confident in my ability from set-pieces, and I felt in the mood for it.

I used to take free-kicks at Grimsby, and I’ve scored a few this season.

Credit to the boys, they had faith in me – Max (Power), especially, said for me to take it – and thankfully it’s gone in.

While it was disappointing not to get the win, we’re confident for the rest of the season.

I think there’s enough quality in the team and the squad for us to be fine this year.

I’m not worried – when I was looking at coming here, the league position didn’t come into my thinking at all.

Now I’ve come in and I’ve actually played with the lads and the manager, I’m even happier about what’s to come.

It wasn’t a particularly big decision for me to come here.

It’s a big opportunity to jump up from League Two to the Championship, and to a massive club like Wigan, so there wasn’t too much thought going in.

As soon as I heard Wigan were interested, I always wanted to come here.

I’ve settled in very well, and that’s been helped by having a great manager and a great set of team-mates.

The morale and the spirit in the squad here is great, and I don’t feel like a new player.

I’ve worked so hard over the last three or four years for this opportunity, and I’ve never had any doubts about whether I could do it at this level.

I’ve obviously still got a long way to go to prove I can do it on a regular basis, but it’s not been a bad way to start.

It was nice to hear the Wigan fans singing my song (to the tune of ‘Tender’, by Blur) on Tuesday.

I’d obviously heard it before at Grimsby, and I love the song, to be fair – it’s a classic!

I’ve seen a bit of banter between the Wigan fans and the Grimsby fans, who didn’t want their song to be sung anywhere else. But it’s always nice to hear it, and I’m glad it’s followed me here.

It’s such an original tune, it wouldn’t fit anyone else’s name!