Honest reflection from Republic of Ireland international.
- Ten times better from Latics
- "With the quality we have we’ll put it right." - McClean
- Let’s go one better at Wolves.
Latics forward James McClean gave an honest and caring reflection after a similarly passionate performance in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium.
McClean, who started his first Sky Bet Championship game of the season against Stuart Pearce’s side, currently leads the Latics Wall Man of the Match vote after an outstanding performance that only really lacked a goal.
And the 25-year-old says Latics were ten times better but they have no excuses to not put in a performance like that on a regular basis.
“I think we needed it but we should be giving that sort of reaction every game,” McClean said. “For some reason it hasn’t quite happened this season.
“We know we need to stand up and be counted and I think, although we didn’t win today, it was ten times better than what we’ve been producing and it’s something to build on.
“We should be like that every game; the boys were excellent tonight, we showed character because a lot of people didn’t give us too much hope against Forest as they’re near the top and we’ve been playing so badly recently.
“I think we answered a few critics but let’s be honest we’re not where we want to be in the league and we’re not where we should be with the quality we have.
“I believe that with the group of lads we have we’ll put it right.”
Both sides had a couple of good chances with McClean going closest to scoring for Latics and that elusive goal was about all that was missing from the superb Irishman’s performance.
And he believes the goals will come in the next few matches, with Uwe Rosler’s side looking to put together a string of good results.
“We had a lot of chances, myself included, and there’s too much quality in the dressing room for us not to score goals so they’ll come,” he added.
“Hopefully we’ll build on what was a solid performance.
“It [second-half chance] broke for me and the lad threw himself in front of it and put me off a little bit but I should have scored.
“The goals will come, I truly believe that, and when they do we just have to make sure we sure up at the back as well and start putting wins together.”
Latics visit another in-form side in Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and McClean says the aim is to go one better against Kenny Jackett’s side in this unforgiving Sky Bet Championship.
“There are no easy games in this league but, with the quality we have here, we should be winning games,” McClean continued.
“There’s something to build on tonight so let’s go again on Saturday and go one better.”