Chris McCann: Latics are the real deal

Chris McCann
Chris McCann

CHRIS McCann believes the weekend walloping of Colchester will have sent out a real statement of intent to League One: Wigan Athletic are the real deal.

Latics returned to winning ways in style, with three goals inside the opening 15 minutes setting them on the way to a 5-0 romp – their biggest win for seven years.

We need to keep our feet on the ground, try to build on it and get a few more wins that will push us up the table

Chris McCann

Having been tipped by many as the favourites for promotion, Latics have struggled to find their form on a consistent basis after a complete squad overhaul in the off-season.

But McCann says the dismantling of Colchester has set the standard which Latics have to find as regularly as possible.

“It was only a matter of time before the penny dropped and we gave some team a bit of a hammering,” he told the Evening Post.

“We just need to believe in ourselves more.

“We’re good players, good on the ball, but sometimes we come away from that a little bit.

“If we can continue playing the way we did against Colchester, there’s not going to be many teams that can live with us.

“At the same time we need to keep our feet on the ground, try to build on it and get a few more wins that will push us up the table.”

Latics have no time to rest on their laurels as they face in-form Peterborough tonight in another big game.

Posh have picked up in recent weeks following the appointment of Graham Westley as manager.

And McCann is hoping Latics can ‘pick up where left off’ to maintain their momentum.

“It’s always playing a long-haul away game on Tuesday after a Saturday game, but we can’t be using that as an excuse,” he acknowledged.

“It’s another game that we’ve got to prepare well for, and another three points that’s up for grabs.

“Confidence should be high going into the game, and hopefully we can pick up where we left off on Saturday.

“It should be a good game with them doing well at the moment, but you can’t take anything for granted in this division.

“Every game is a different proposition, this is such a funny league.

“They’re a good side, a strong side, and it’ll be a difficult game.

“But we’re full of confidence after playing well of late, and if we can keep that up we’re aiming to keep that going.”