After failing to put away easier chances against Birmingham and Burnley, Michael Owen scored a great goal against Wigan yesterday, the most difficult of all the opportunities he’s had so far.

Clearly delighted to get off the mark, he ran to the fans before getting mobbed by his team-mates.

“I probably scored the hardest chance I’ve had!” Owen joked. “I had two chances at Burnley and one against Birmingham, but this was the fourth real opportunity I’ve had. I don’t think I missed a chance in pre-season, but I’ve missed a couple since the season started and as ever everyone is quick to write you off. It was as if I hadn’t scored for a couple of years! That’s something I’ve had to deal with for ten odd years now and I don’t think that will change until I hang up my boots. It was certainly a great feeling to score. I’d got a few in pre-season but there’s nothing quite like doing it in a competitive game. I’d be disappointed if people didn’t think I could go on from here. I obviously believe I can as I have done throughout my career and I certainly expect to score more goals in the red shirt.”