McCann delighted to return against Brighton as he and Latics have sights set on local derby.
- McCann back after eight month injury.
- Midfielder insists Bolton clash can help Latics 'kick on'.
- Brighton defeat disappointing for Latics.
Eight months ago influential midfielder Chris McCann fractured his knee cap in Wigan Athletic’s memorable 2-1 FA Cup quarter final victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
On Tuesday at the AMEX Stadium, a ground he scored the winning goal on last season, the 27-year-old returned as a late substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. Despite being disappointed with the defeat, McCann said it was a relief to be back on the pitch after a frustrating lay off.
“For me it’s great to be back, it’s been a frustrating eight months.
“Sitting in the stands watching the guys every week is tough when you’re desperate to contribute something to the team.
“I’m delighted I got the chance to get some minutes against Brighton and hopefully on Friday against Bolton I’ll be able get some more.”
Latics fell behind inside the first minute on Tuesday against Brighton, but McCann believes the team learned from their mistake and were unfortunate to come away from the South coast with nothing.
“We started sloppily which gave us a mountain to climb and it didn’t give us the best chance to get into the game early on.
“As the game wore on we grew and we had numerous chances in the second half, and we’re disappointed we came away from the game with nothing.
“I think we deserved at least a point, we reacted well to going a goal behind, but on this occasion we couldn’t find that all important finish.”
With the squad’s sights firmly focused on Friday’s local derby against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium, McCann thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to start a run of results.
“This is a big game for us and we need to be forcing our way up the table.
“It’s a local derby which adds that extra incentive and it’s going to be a massive game. When you think about it, what better game is there for us to start kicking on and responding?
“There’s no doubt it will be tough, Bolton have been getting some good results recently, particularly the one against Cardiff City on Tuesday and we’ll have to be on top of our game.”
On Latics’ current league position, McCann continued:
Nothing is won or lost in the first few games of the season, but we know we have issues that need addressing.
“The whole league is tight for points, so once we get onto a winning run we’ll soon be finding our way up the table.
“People say it all the time, but it’s the nature of the Championship. Two results can shoot you up the league and two bad results can drag you back down.
“We’ve got to react now and make sure Friday is the right result for us.”