Goal relief for Scotland
Jason Scotland admits a load has been lifted from his mind after breaking his duck in the Premier League.
Last Updated: 06/04/10 12:24pm
Jason Scotland admits a load has been lifted from his mind after finally breaking his duck in the Premier League.
The Wigan striker notched his first top-flight goal of the season against Fulham on Sunday at the 29th attempt.
The Trinidadian followed Roberto Martinez from Swansea to the DW Stadium last summer, having built a glowing reputation in the Football League.
He has struggled to replicate his form of the past at the highest level and was in danger of going an entire season without finding the target.
Such a fate has now been avoided, and Scotland insists he always believed he was capable of scoring goals against the best in the business.
"It was beginning to become a psychological thing, sure, but you just have to forget about it really," he told the Wigan Evening Post.
"You just have to take every game at a time, take every chance as it comes and just try to enjoy your football.
"If it comes, it comes. If it doesn't, it doesn't. You still have to keep plugging away.
"I've got a decent record against Fulham, maybe that's why the gaffer decided to start with me. I've scored there in the past and it was great to finally get off the mark."
While delighted to get on the scoresheet, Scotland was unable to help Wigan to any points at Craven Cottage as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat.
The Latics now sit four points above the drop zone, with just five games remaining in which to steer clear of trouble.
Scotland added: "We have five games left now and they're all cup finals. All the boys are only thinking about staying up. We just have to stick together and keep our heads up.
"In the position we are in, we can't afford to keep getting beat. By the time we got started on Sunday, it was 2-1 and that's difficult to take.
"But we have to learn our lesson. Every game is a cup final from now on, and we have to look at them all as winnable.
"The first one against Portsmouth next week is must-win, and hopefully we can get a result. We know it will be difficult, but we need to pick ourselves up as quickly as possible."