Samm’s the man!

Connor Sammon strikes for Latics
Connor Sammon strikes for Latics

STRIKING star Conor Sammon has set his sights on Stoke City after helping inspire Wigan Athletic’s incredible victory over West Ham that saved their season.

The Dubliner came on at the break with Latics 2-0 down, but ran the Hammers rearguard ragged in a superb example of centre-forward play.

After Charles N’Zogbia had pulled a goal back, Sammon bagged his first-ever Premier League goal midway through the second half to level the scores – before N’Zogbia sealed victory with virtually the last kick of the game.

“I’ve never played in a game like it,” Sammon gushed.

“We showed tremendous character, and we’ve done the impossible really.

“Football is a very strange game, and anything is possible.

“You go in 2-0 down at half-time but you have to remain positive.

“You think that if you can nick an early goal it’s game on again. Thankfully that proved to be the case.

“I was very keen to make an impression, and I was over the moon with my goal. It was a dream come true for me.

“Now we have to show the same character and the same fighting spirit at Stoke next week.”

The remarkable result means a Latics victory at the Britannia Stadium next Sunday would almost certainly guarantee them another season of top-flight football.

And the former Kilmarnock man, who arrived in the January transfer window, admits he is champing at the bit for another opportunity to show what he can do.

“I’m definitely hoping to start the game if that’s the way the manager goes,” he added.

“The manager has taken his time with me, but you’ve just got to keep working hard and keeping the faith.

“I did that and it shows you do get the rewards.”

Sammon was especially delighted to have played a key role in a vital victory having been watched by his parents for the first time since his move south of the border.

“I might have to sort them out for tickets for next week,” he smiled. “They could be a good omen for me and the team.”