McClean underlines the need for back-to-back wins

James McClean at Blackpool
James McClean at Blackpool

JAMES McClean insists Wigan Athletic can only make the most of their vital victory at Blackpool if they follow it up with another positive result at Norwich.

Latics make the long trip south on Wednesday in relatively good spirits after their 3-1 seaside success at the weekend.

The Blackpool win will have given us a bit of confidence, and we’ll be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time in a long time

James McClean

With other results having not gone their way, they remain nine adrift of safety with just 12 matches to go. But McClean is hoping a repeat performance, and a repeat result, can lead to some real momentum – something Latics have rarely had this term.

“That’s been the problem all season,” McClean told the Evening Post.

“Whenever we’ve won a game we’ve not been able to follow it up with another.

“It’s crucial now we take this performance into Norwich, which is another massive game for us.

“They’re in great form at the moment, and we’re under no illusions that it will be a very tough game.

“The Blackpool win will have given us a bit of confidence, and we’ll be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time in a long time.”

It’s six months since Latics recorded back-to-back victories – the first of those ironically being the visit of Blackpool in August.

“We knew Saturday’s game would be crucial, with it being between the bottom two,” McClean acknowledged.

“We knew if we’d lost we would have been counted out of it, but in the end it was relatively comfortable.”

On a personal level, it was a happy return to Bloomfield Road for the ex-Sunderland man, who was red-carded there last season – a decision that was later rescinded on appeal – as the visitors went down 1-0.

“I managed to put those demons to bed from last season, which was nice,” added McClean, who scored Wigan’s match-clinching third goal after fighting off Leon Clarke to take delivery of Kim Bo-Kyung’s through ball.

“Leon got a touch on the ball that I thought might have made me offside. But I had a goal disallowed against Cardiff for offside when I wasn’t, so that kind of put it right.

“There was no way I was giving up that ball when it came in, and it was nice to see it go in.”