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Danny's double delight

4 September 2013

First goals for Latics and first in professional football

Danny Philliskirk was elated after scoring twice for Latics in their 4-1 win at Shrewsbury Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The 22-year-old striker (pictured) said: "It was great to score two and extra special as they were first goals in professional football.

"I am just thankful for everyone for giving me the chance and getting the opportunity to play. I am delighted."

Philliskirk found the net twice in the opening 26 minutes and could have completed a hat trick inside half an hour.

He continued: "I got into the box and luckily things came to me. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't, but they went in for me.

"The first one came to me on the edge of the box and I thought I would have a go and it just crept inside the post.

"Joseph Mills pulled the ball back for the second and I thought Adam Rooney was going to get it. It came behind me and luckily I managed to get something on the ball and it went in at the far post.

"I should have scored a third, but the ball came just behind me, but really I ought to have put it in the back of the net."

Philliskirk added it has been easy to settle and the players have made him welcome.

He explained: "I have also scored a few goals (four in two appearances) in the reserves and that has given me confidence.

"I like playing up front with Adam Rooney who is a big target man and I can run off behind him and play off him.It gives me an outlet which is great for me as I like to get into pockets of space, run behind defences and try to score goals."

Philliskirk described it as an excellent display from Latics saying there are not many competitions which offer the chance to play at Wembley.

He said: "There is the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, but for us this is our best chance to get to Wembley and it is a competition we want to win.

"This is a great opportunity for us and the lads were magnificent against Shrewsbury from the goalkeeper (Mark Oxley) to the rest of the lads."

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