Sammon to draw on dogfight experience

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CONOR Sammon is drawing on past experiences to try and help steer Latics through a fierce relegation battle.

Just last season the striker was involved in one of the most nail-biting season finales in SPL history when he was with Kilmarnock.

They took on rock bottom Falkirk on the final day, who were just two points behind Killie. Knowing the pressure was on to avoid defeat, they drew the game 0-0 with Sammon coming on as a half-time substitute.

It had been a long, hard season for them though and Sammon, a deadline day signing for Latics in January, will be taking that experience into the final six games this season.

“Blackpool will be one of the biggest games I’ve played in,” he told the Evening Post.

“When I was at Kilmarnock we were in a relegation fight which went down to the last game of the season against Falkirk who were two points behind us.

“They came to us on the last day of the season and had they won, we would have been the ones relegated so I’ve played in pressure games like that and I’m relishing the opportunity at being involved in the next couple of games.

“I’m looking to fight for the good of the team for our survival in the Premier League.

“I personally believe we can stay up and that is the feeling throughout the squad.”

Sammon has yet to start for Latics, making all his appearances as a substitute.

He played a part in the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday. And with the only goal of the game coming after goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi was fouled, Sammon believes his side can’t rely on getting any good luck.

“You have to make your own luck,” he added.

“The manager is a very positive guy and it rubs off on us players. We don’t make a big fuss about things that go against us because you like to think that you keep working hard and maybe you’ll get a decision and that’s all you can do; keep working as hard as you possibly can.”

Sammon is yet to get on the scoresheet for Latics but has this weekend’s trip to the seaside in his mind for that.

“We’re constantly looking to create chances and score goals and what better place to score your first than in a massive game like that against Blackpool,” he smiled.

“If it happens on Saturday, I’ll be absolutely buzzing but overall the main thing is helping the team and help us retrieve the right result.”