McClean: It’s win or bust for us in Rotherham clash

James McClean'in action against Norwich City
James McClean'in action against Norwich City

JAMES McClean admits tomorrow’s clash at Rotherham is ‘win or bust’ for Wigan Athletic.

Latics travel to South Yorkshire for a massive game for both sides at the bottom of the Championship.

If we’re going to survive - and no disrespect to Rotherham – these are the games we should be winning

James McClean

The visitors will be looking to bridge an eight-point gap between themselves and fourth-bottom Fulham, with the Millers a further point better off.

And McClean admits anything other than three points is unthinkable for Latics if they are to get out of their present predicament.

“I know we have 10 games left but, being realistic, Saturday is win or bust for us,” McClean told the Evening Post.

“If we don’t win, Rotherham either keep the same gap or open up an even bigger one over us.

“If we’re going to survive - and no disrespect to Rotherham – these are the games we should be winning.

“You have to beat the teams around you, and that’s why it’s such a crucial game.

“We need to be ready for it. If we’re not ready for it, we’ll find ourselves in deep, deep trouble.”

Wigan are looking for their fourth away win on the bounce, following successes at Reading, Blackpool and Norwich – which has helped to make up for an horrendous home record that has seen them winless since August 30.

“We’ve only won two matches at home all season which, to be honest, is diabolical,” acknowledged the Irishman. “It’s just not good enough, and it’s the reason why we are where we are.

“Our away form in the last few weeks has given us a glimmer of a chance, and we need to keep that going at Rotherham to keep them down there with us.

“We’ve got 10 games left, 10 cup finals, and Saturday is even bigger because there’s going to be a six-point swing either way.

“We’ve got to make sure it’s in our favour, and we go there with confidence after three away wins on the bounce.

“Hopefully we can make it four. We need to make it four.”

McClean feels the way Latics are set up means they can hurt a Rotherham side who, as the home side, will have to take the initiative.

“As the home team the onus is on you to take the game to the opposition,” McClean added.

“This season we’ve obviously struggled to do that.

“On the road, we’ve been able to sit back and hit teams on the counter, which seems to be working. We need to keep that going.”