James McClean says Latics must roll their sleeves up to turn around recent form.
Following last night’s defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road, winger James McClean assessed Wigan Athletic’s performance and declared that Latics must be willing to do the dirty work should they want to turn their recent form around.
Going into the game without a permanent manager following Owen Coyle’s departure on Monday morning, McClean said preparation wasn’t easy, but that it’s not the time for excuses.
“You don’t want to blame defeat on not having a permanent manager, but it wasn’t the ideal preparation for the game," said the 24-year-old.
“We’re grown men and professional footballers so we should be going out and putting in much better performances than we are at the moment.”
With First Team Coach Graham Barrow in charge, McClean added that things have changed a little in terms of the way the team set themselves up.
“There was a change in style, but we can express ourselves and play as much nice football as we want, it’s not good enough though if you’re not willing to get your hands dirty and do the hard work.
“We had the ball for most of the game but we came away losing 2-0, but the difference is that teams are doing the dirty stuff against us and they’re bullying us, which is something we need to start doing.
“We’re coming out of games and saying we’re playing well, but the thing is we’re losing games and that’s not good enough."
McClean said that he and his team mates are determined to turn Latics’ fortunes around and the hard work must start now.
“We’ve lost our last four games now and there are no excuses for that, we shouldn’t be losing four in a row and we need to get our act together.
“We need to have a look at ourselves and realise that we can do a lot better.
“Improvement doesn’t need to start on Saturday, it needs to start now.”
Following yesterday’s defeat to Leeds, Latics now sit nine points from a play-off place with a game in hand, and McClean says the players are focussed on making that gap shorter as soon as possible.
“As poor as we’ve been recently we’re not that far from the play offs, so if we can build up a good run of results then you never know, but talks cheap and it’s time for action.
“Nobody is going to pull us out of this hole other than ourselves, so as players we need to stick together and start moving forward.
“It’s not good enough right now and we just want to put the situation right come Saturday.”