New Dad James McClean talks about a hectic week on and off the pitch.
On Wednesday night James McClean thought he had marked the imminent arrival of his first child with his first Wigan Athletic goal, when he scored in the abandoned game against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
The goal won't go down in the history books with the game set to be replayed, but a day later McClean's delight returned after the birth of his baby girl Allie-Mae McClean.
Rounding the week off with an assist and victory against Reading at the Madejski Stadium yesterday, McClean said it’s been a crazy kind of week:
“It’s been a strange week after getting my first goal on Wednesday and then seeing it chalked off.
“The day after was the birth of my daughter which just tops everything.
“I feel great at the minute, things are going really well on and off the pitch, it’s hard to find the words to describe how good it feels to be a father.”
It was bound to be a tiring week for the Republic of Ireland international who said:
“To be honest though I’ve had no sleep and I’ve been playing on pure adrenaline, so hopefully I’ll sleep well sometime soon.”
“The win is a nice way to top of a brilliant week for me.
“On the pitch I’m getting a run of games which is probably the first time I’ve managed that this season.
“I’m starting to string together some performances which is giving me some self-esteem and confidence because previously I was either being dropped or rested which was knocking me back a bit.
“It feels like I’m benefiting from playing in a run of games and long may that continue.”
Latics took a two-goal lead inside the first 12 minutes against Reading, with McClean providing Chris McCann’s opening strike, but the winger warned the team can’t afford to rest easy, saying:
“We don’t half make things difficult for ourselves do we?
“We came firing out of the blocks and got ourselves 2-0 up, but we kind of rested on our laurels and stopped doing the things that gave us that impressive lead.
“They got back in the game, but in truth we had a few chances to kill the game off later on.
“2-1 is a very good result here and it’s a win, so we’ll look forward to Thursday now.”
Following Latics’ 2-0 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road at the start of the month, McClean said:
“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.”
Looking back on that assessment, McClean added:
“What I said after the Leeds United game was true, we were killing ourselves and we needed to stand and up and be counted.
“I don’t think anybody can question the character of the team right now because that’s exactly what we’ve done.
“We’ve won two in a row now, but we need to keep building on that and make sure more wins follow.”