Kilbane ends 'disgraceful' run
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Kilbane is hopeful the goals will now flow having broken his 'disgraceful' record.
Wigan winger Kevin Kilbane is hopeful the goals will now flow having broken his 'disgraceful' record.
The former Everton and Sunderland man scored in Sunday's 3-3 draw with Tottenham, but prior to his second half header and he had not etched his name on the scoresheet since October 2004.
At international level for Republic of Ireland Kilbane has scored three times in 18 appearances and the 30-year-old is convinced he can now build on what could be an important effort in Wigan's bid to stave off the threat of the drop.
"Without a shadow of a doubt, it was a goal that's long overdue," said Kilbane.
"My goalscoring record at club level has been a big disappointment from my point of view - a disgrace.
"I've certainly the ability to score goals, and I know I should have scored more, but throughout my career it's been a problem.
"Managers have been on my case wherever I have been. The gaffer here has been on my case most of the season - in a polite way.
"I can't even say I've been unlucky. It's been my own fault most of the time. I've missed chances, and I should have scored more.
"As a young boy, it wasn't a problem. I was always getting one or two goals at youth level.
"But when you make the step up, you have to be positive, and you have to get more goals.
"I just have to be positive now through to the end of the season and try and get a couple more if I can.
"But I'm just pleased I've managed to get this one at last."