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14 October 2012

Super-sub scores last-gasp goal

Matt Smith described it as a "brilliant feeling" to score the 96th minute equaliser which earned Latics a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United in npower League One.

The 6ft 6in striker also revealed he was pulled back as he got on to the end of a last-gasp cross from Jose Baxter to poke home the ball.

"I was pulled back and the referee actually said it would have been a penalty for shirt pulling had I not scored," he said.

Smith added that Baxter put in a great ball and he thought he would head the ball towards goal until it suddenly dipped.

"I managed to get my foot on it and I was over the moon to see it go in," he said.

Smith, who says it is probably the most important goal he has scored, explained that he looked across anxiously to see whether he had strayed offside, but was confident he had timed his run to perfection.

He described it as a "battle" at Bramall Lane but thought Latics stood up to the test well.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved the point and may be could have had all three," he said.

Smith added that might have been the case had Jonathan Grounds' first-half effort not been wrongly chalked off for offside.

He continued: "I have heard that the cameras have showed it was not offside so obviously we feel a little aggrieved about that.

"We showed terrific resilience and battled well and thoroughly deserved the draw."

Smith described it as another "smash and grab" after last season 90th minute penalty from Shefki Kuqi earned a 3-2 win at Bramall Lane.

It was Smith's second goal of the season after his effort at Chesterfield in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

And though most of his nine appearances have been as cameos off the bench, Smith remains confident of his own ability.

He said: "I have always maintained that I am good for at least two chances in every game, even if I am only coming on for 10 minutes as I did at Sheffield United.

"I also had a header and I will never shy away from getting into positions and I am always confident they will go in."

Smith is pictured by club photographer Alan Howarth scoring his injury-time equaliser at Bramall Lane. 

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