JAMES McClean admitted to feeling ‘a little bit embarrassed’ at scoring his wonder goal at Birmingham on Saturday – because Wigan Athletic’s performance up to that point had been so woeful.
The Irishman scored his fourth goal of the season at St Andrew’s to bring Latics back into it at 2-1, after an opening half-hour that had seen the visitors outmuscled, outbattled and outclassed.
For the next 25 minutes, however, Latics showed their true colours by dominating the game and threatening an equaliser.
However, Birmingham striker Clayton Donaldson seized on another defensive lapse to complete his hat-trick and secure the win, leaving Latics second-bottom in the Championship with only four wins all season.
“It’s always nice to score, but to be honest I felt a little bit embarrassed celebrating because we should have been four or five behind at that stage,” McClean acknowledged.
“I’d had a sighter just before that was blocked, and their lad showed me on to my left again so I thought why not have another go.
“If you don’t shoot, you don’t score, and fortunately for me it went in. Unfortunately it counted for nothing.
“I’m on the field to score goals, and if I can help the team then all well and good. Unfortunately that’s not been the case at the moment.”
“That’s been the story for most of this season. We seem to boss large parts of games and then concede a goal like their third goal – which was a bit embarrassing really, if we’re being honest.”
Lapses at both ends of the field are continuing to cost Latics dear at the moment as they attempt to drag themselves out of the relegation mire in the Championship.
All three Birmingham goals could and perhaps should have been avoided, while Latics were unable to convert their period of dominance just before and after half-time into goals.
“We’re conceding too many silly goals, and not scoring enough at the other end,” McClean recognised.
“It feels like I’m saying the same things every week, it’s like a broken record-player.
“It must be frustrating for the fans to hear it, but it’s frustrating for us as well, and I hope the fans understand that.
“We’re not going out there every week to get beat, and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about very soon.
“They don’t want any more excuses, they want results, and it’s up to us to deliver.”