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5 March 2014

Stephen Crainey hoping to use popular celebration against Manchester City on Sunday.

The Stephen Crainey fist pump has become a popular topic of discussion on Twitter after Wigan Athletic games in recent weeks, with the defender showing his affection towards the fans after victories on the road.

Crainey’s passion has quickly made him a favourite among supporters and our cameras caught him in the moment last Saturday against Nottingham Forest. – [Click here] to see the video on YouTube.

Catching up with the 32-year-old ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup quarter final against Manchester City, he said he hopes to be doing the same on Sunday evening.

“It would be great to be celebrating with a fist pump after the game on Sunday.

“We’re going to have a full away end and it would be great to hear the noise from the supporters if we can win what is set to be a very tough game.

“We’re going there full of confidence from our form in the league, but we know just how tough it’s going to be and we’ll be giving it our best shot.”

It isn’t just in the FA Cup that Crainey is hoping to celebrate, he wants it to continue being a regular thing in the battle for promotion to the Premier League.

“We want to focus on winning every game we’ve got left to play,” he added.

“If we keep performing like we have been recently and winning games then there will be plenty of fist pumps before the end of the season.”

When asked about the origins of his fist pumping celebration, Crainey revealed:

“I can’t remember the first time I did it to be honest.

“I just get really excited when we earn three points, because it’s a difficult thing to do in our division and I really enjoy sharing my passion with the fans.

“I just like to go over and show the fans my appreciation, particularly when they’ve travel a long way from home, but I’ll be doing it at home games too if we keep our form up.”

Crainey continued:

“It means something to all the lads to win games, but maybe I’m showing it a little bit more with the fist pumps.

“It’s also nice to have a little trademark celebration and if the fans like it, then happy days.”

Follow Stephen Crainey on Twitter with @crainzo and get involved in his #fistpump celebrations.

You can also watch the full interview on Latics Player as Crainey talks about the training return of Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell by [clicking here].

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