Important to build on Derby win insists two-goal James McClean.
- McClean on target twice against Derby.
- "Fans deserved victory." - McClean.
- Important to kick on against Fulham.
McClean came on as a second half substitute against the Rams, opening his goal scoring account for the season with the equaliser and winner in a 14 minute spell.
Despite being frustrated at missing out on a starting place, McClean said it made him all the more determined:
“It was nice to get off the mark for the season, I was frustrated that I was on the bench so I think it was a nice way to prove a point.
“I’ll take ten like that over the course of the season, for me it’s important to get into the box and, on Saturday, luckily for me the ball broke my way twice – in previous games I’ve been there but it hasn’t broke my way so it was nice that it did at Derby.
“It was nice to get off the mark goals-wise and it’s also nice to end that barren run we were on too.
“Hopefully, for myself and the team we can kick on our season and go on to better things.”
Having drawn four in a row before Saturday’s victory, McClean praised Latics’ fans for their reaction to the bizarre end of the first half, which saw James Tavernier’s penalty saved by Jack Butland, before John Eustace gave Derby the lead just moments later.
“We’ve let the fans down a lot this season, the support has been great – especially on the road – and it’s nice that we can give them moments like that to show we appreciate their support as well.
“Even when we went 1-0 down they could have gone quiet and thought ‘here we go again’ but they didn’t, they backed us and it was nice to reward them.”
On Saturday Latics come up against a Fulham side in good form, winning five of their last seven games, but McClean sees no reason why Latics can’t kick on from the victory over Derby.
“There’s no reason why we can’t put together a run now because we have the quality in the dressing room.
“We showed we were better on Saturday and a match for any side in this league, we fully deserved to win the game if you look at the possession and the attempts on goal then we were by far the better side.
“It’s so important now that we build on it and Fulham don’t come here and take us back to where we have been in the last few weeks – we need to kick on.
“It’s not going to be an easy game, there aren’t any of them in this league and they’re playing well recently, but I think we sent out a strong message against Derby.”