LEON Barnett is hoping his vital volley at Chesterfield last week could have kicked off an unlikely goal-fest!
Barnett’s belter at the Proact Stadium helped kickstart the most amazing of recoveries, with Wigan Athletic recovering from two goals down to win 3-2.
And having shown what he can do in front of goal, he’s champing at the bit for a repeat when Latics travel to Port Vale tomorrow.
“I hadn’t been allowed forward for the other corners, but we needed a goal so I went forward,” he told the Evening Post.
“I didn’t even see it hit the net, I just saw the crowd cheer.
“Once that goal went in, we kicked on and everybody was on the same page.
“The scenes at the end were incredible. It felt like we’d won the league, not just three points.”
The big centre-half insists the character shown by the side has sent a loud and clear message to the rest of League One.
“We had that never-say-die attitude,” he added. “We still thought we were the better team, and we proved it by popping up with three goals. The challenge now is to keep the run going and we aim to do that this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Grant Holt – on the comeback from injury – played 56 minutes and set up a goal for the reserves in a 3-2 win against Bolton yesterday.