Harry Cornick | "It has been a long time coming"

Harry Cornick was relieved to be back on the scoresheet and hopes to provide food for thought as he looks to maintain his place in the starting line-up.


The forward was handed his seventh start of the season and marked it with a goal on the stroke of half-time, the first he has scored this season.

The looping header cancelled out Tom Naylor’s opener for Wigan and set-up an intriguing second half but neither side could find a winner despite their best efforts.

“We couldn’t get going as we do at home,” Cornick admitted after the match. “Usually we get the ball, play, and then start steam-rolling people but we found we couldn’t really do that today. We struggled first half, then second half was about getting the ball in the back of the net. We didn’t create enough chances and then when we did get a chance to take it, we weren’t really doing that.”

On his goal, the 27-year-old said: “It has been a long time coming. It has been a stop-start season for me due to injuries and there’s a lot of strikers in the squad so not getting my chance at times and then getting in and coming out.

“We have four or five quality strikers in the squad now. I’m not guaranteed a start so I have to work for it, work hard, try and get my name on the team sheet and then when I do that, I have to try and do my bit for the team – score and get some wins.

“There’s a lot of competition for places and the boys are chomping at the bit to get some minutes,” Cornick continued. “It’s another chance for the lads who aren’t getting minutes in the league to get minutes. That was the case for me today, I haven’t played loads this season so FA Cup is perfect for me to have a start and try and prove to the gaffer that I want to be in the team. The more games, the better. We have a big squad and everyone is going to play their bit to the end of the season if we want to do something special which we think we can.”

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