Mac: I’d trade brace for points

Latics player James McCarthy, right, goes for the ball with QPR's Esteban Granero
Latics player James McCarthy, right, goes for the ball with QPR's Esteban Granero
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JAMES McCarthy admits he’d happily have traded his two goals against QPR on Saturday for three much-needed points.

The Ireland midfelder scored his first goals in 22 months, but Latics had to settle for a point in a game they dominated from start to finish.

After giving Latics the lead on 19 minutes, McCarthy was then required to pop up with a late equaliser after Rangers had taken an unlikely lead through Ryan Nelsen and Djibril Cisse.

“It’s been a very long time coming – too long – but it was nice to get back on the scoresheet,” McCarthy acknowledged.

“But I don’t really feel like celebrating much because we’ve drawn a game we should have won and I’d have traded both goals for the three points.

“No disrespect to QPR but I felt we dominated the game and created enough chances to have won the game.

“But the way we fought back from going 2-1 down shows we’ve got good character at the club and we’re definitely going in the right direction.”

Both of McCarthy’s goals were supplied by Jean Beausejour, the first from a corner that wasn’t cleared properly and the second a pinpoint cross from the left.

“Jean has been brilliant since he’s been at the club, his delivery is different class,” added McCarthy.

“He’s created so many goals since he’s been at the club, and is a massive player for us.”

Next up for Latics is a trip to in-form Norwich, before a gruelling festive period which inclused clashes against Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United.

“We’ve had a few disappointing results recently but the performance today was certainly good enough to pick up all three points,” McCarthy insisted.

“It gives us something to build on now going into the Norwich game, and hopefully we can kick on into the festive period.

“Hopefully we’ll have a few players back from injury and suspension because we’ve got some big games coming up and we’ll need everyone available.

“Things haven’t been going our way in that sense but the boys have been brilliant and everyone who’s come in has done really well.”