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5 December 2014

Midfielder talks about his first goal of the season, his return to the side and his re-found love for the game since arriving at Latics.

  • The official matchday programme also features a look back at Wigan Casino with YOUR Latics Tracks for Northern Soul Day.
  • Malky Mackay, Jonathan Jackson and Gary Caldwell all give their contributions.
  • Our visitors Norwich City are profiled whilst Paul Rowley pays tribute to former Latics captain Albert Jackson, who sadly passed away last week.
Saturday’s official matchday programme, sponsored by Uncle Joes, is packed with exclusive content with the main feature coming from Irish midfielder Chris McCann.

The 27-year-old scored his first goal of the campaign in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and he previews the game against Norwich City as well as discussing the past fortnight under Malky Mackay.

“To come back in and have that feeling of getting your boots on and having a laugh with the lads out there and just doing what you’re used to doing, it’s a good feeling,” McCann said.

“Likewise with getting the feeling of getting back out onto the pitch on a Saturday, there’s no better feeling.

“It was only my second start of the season at Sheffield Wednesday so it was nice to get the goal but unfortunately we didn’t get the three points.

“Under the new manager we’ve delivered two pretty solid performances, it’s just disappointing we didn’t build on the good result against Middlesbrough at Sheffield Wednesday because I think we played really well for long periods of the game,” McCann explained.

“The training has been brilliant, every day the boys have come in afterwards talking about how sharp it has been and how enjoyable too.

“Everybody is working hard; we’re all looking forward to each and every game that’s coming up.

“He’s brought in a bit of extra-confidence too and I think we’re playing some good football as well; he tells us to enjoy it, relax and play with no fear - I think we’re doing that.

“He also has his homework done on every team and I think that’s been spot on for us to go out on the Saturday.

“We just need to keep believing we can achieve good things, be more ruthless and hopefully we’ll start moving up the league.”

You can pick up your copy of the official matchday programme, which also features Leon Barnett’s First and Last, On Air with former captain Neill Rimmer and our Team Latics Quiz, from sellers outside the ground for just £3.

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