Home form imperative for McClean after Latics pick up first point on the road this season.
- McClean returns to action against Huddersfield.
- “Home form crucial” – McClean.
- “It was a long and frustrating lay-off.”
The returning James McClean believes Wigan Athletic can build on last night’s point at Huddersfield and put together a winning run, which can start with victory over Ipswich Town on Monday.
The Republic of Ireland international, who came on as a substitute at the John Smith’s Stadium last night after a lay-off during the summer with injury, was able to draw some positives from the game, which saw Latics pick up their first away point of the season.
He said: “Although it’s only a point, which is not great, it ends our run of defeats on the road so it’s something to build on.
“We could have scored three or four, but it just didn’t break for us, so we switch to Monday night now and hopefully we can get the win.”
McClean added that he felt it was imperative for Latics to keep up their good form at home, which has seen them pick up seven points from a possible nine, if they are to put together a winning run.
“I think we’ve got to get a win. That’s what we’ve got to be looking for, especially at home. We need to go on a winning run now and hopefully that can start with three points against Ipswich on Monday night.
“We’ve got to look to get maximum points from our home games, and that can continue on Monday.”
McClean missed a large chunk of pre-season with a hamstring injury, and the Irish international said he was pleased to be able to return to action tonight, despite Latics being unable to grab a win.
He said: “It felt great (to be back), it’s been a long and frustrating two and a half months, and even though we didn’t get a win, it was good to just get back on the pitch.
“Watching everyone else train during pre-season and the early stages of the season has been frustrating, so I’m just delighted to be back and desperate to do my bit for the team.”