Football - Kone feeling refreshed

Arouna Kone is hoping his disappointing African Nations Cup campaign will prove beneficial for the rest of Wigan's season.

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Kone missed a month of Latics action while away with Ivory Coast at the tournament in South Africa, but only played in one of the Elephants' four games before they were eliminated at the quarter-final stage.

The forward is taking the positive view that it means he returned to the DW Stadium "hungry and fresh" - something that seems clear from his performances since then.

In his first match back in the starting XI, Kone struck twice in Wigan's 4-1 FA Cup win at Huddersfield, and he followed that up with another brace in Saturday's 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Reading - a result which moved his team out of the relegation zone.

Kone, quoted on www.wigantoday.net, said: "I went to the African Nations Cup with the aim of playing, and obviously I didn't play as much as I would have hoped.

"The flip side of that was that I came back refreshed which will hopefully help Wigan Athletic move up to their rightful position in the league.

"If I had played every game for the Ivory Coast I perhaps would have been a bit tired and worn out.

"Instead I am hungry and fresh, and I think I have shown that in the last two matches."

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