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28 December 2014

James McClean looks to Leeds win as springboard for final game of 2014 on Tuesday.

  • McClean on Leeds win and Sheffield Wednesday prospect.
  • 25-year-old hoping to score more to help team.
  • Watch the full interview with James on Latics Player.

Latics head into Tuesday 30 December’s game against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium having won their first game under Malky Mackay on Boxing Day, 2-0 away at Leeds United.

James McClean was heavily involved in both goals at Elland Road, crossing for Liam Cooper’s own goal, before wrapping up the points in the second half with a special strike of his own.

After the game, the Republic of Ireland international spoke to Latics Player, determined that the result would be followed up at the DW Stadium in the final game of 2014.

“Winning is the perfect confidence boost going into Sheffield Wednesday and into the New Year, but beating Leeds will mean nothing if we don’t start kicking on from it.

“We’re not where we want to be in the table, so hopefully we can go on a run similar to the one we went on last year.

“It’s got to be about pushing ourselves up the table and staying away from the relegation zone.  If the performance at Elland Road doesn’t give us the confidence to beat Sheffield Wednesday, then nothing will.”

McClean continued by praising Latics’ efforts against Leeds, saying:

“In the past few weeks we’ve played alright in games, but the luck just hasn’t been in for us.

“Against Leeds the luck was in for us.  First half I thought we were very comfortable, but in the second half we weathered a storm for 15 to 20 minutes where we kind of held on a bit.

“They’re the moments that I’m on about when I say the luck was on our side, because Leeds really pushed us, but fortunately we were able to kill the game off.

“We’ve been putting the effort in all season, we can dwell on having a lot of bad luck, but we’ve also been making a lot of individual mistakes, something which on Boxing Day we stopped doing.

“Everyone was tremendous and we managed to get three points we feel we deserved.  Hopefully the win at Leeds can kick us on this season and get us onto a good run of results, something we’ve not been able to do so far this season.”

Watch James' goal and the 2-0 win below.

Focusing on his goal to make it 2-0 on Friday, McClean explained:

“It was one of those, head down, body over the ball and I put my foot through it.  Luckily enough for me it went straight in and it was a nice way to kill off the game.

“It’s always nice to score of course.  At the minute the gaffer’s playing me in a new role through the middle, I’m learning the position each week in training and I’m enjoying it.

“If I manage to play up front more often and chip in with a few goals then I’ll be more than happy, and hopefully in scoring goals I can help the team out too.”

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