Boss pleased as Latics secure back-to-back away wins with 3-1 success at Blackpool.
- Malky Mackay reflects on pleasing afternoon at Bloomfield Road.
- Praise for Harry Maguire and Kim Bo-kyung as pair open Latics account.
- Result for over 2,000 fans who made the trip, and chairman Dave Whelan.
Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay says he was delighted with both the result and the performance as his side beat Blackpool 3-1 at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.
The Scot watched on as Kim Bo-kyung, Harry Maguire and James McClean notched to secure a big win in Latics’ fight for Sky Bet Championship survival.
Reflecting on the game with Latics Player, Mackay said:
“It was always going to be a tough game coming here because the two of us are down at the bottom and scrapping for points, I’m absolutely delighted with the result.
“We had to keep our shape, we had to remain disciplined and we had to keep our concentration levels at a maximum, because at times the pitch made life difficult for us.
“The boys dealt with the pitch very well and we’re delighted with the result and the performance.
“It was nip and tuck in the first half, we didn’t have any genuine threat on our goal, but at the same time we were only slightly threatening theirs. The goal at the time it went in certainly helped us to open the game up in the second half which made them come out more at us.
“We got a little more space and started to push, getting a second good goal from the set piece.
“I thought our third on the counter attack was terrific because they had some big, physical players on by that time, we won the second ball and didn’t just clear it, we were calm with it and we passed our way up the park.”
Two of Mackay’s signings as Latics boss, Kim and Maguire, bagged the opening two goals for Latics and the manager was pleased with the duo at Blackpool.
“We’re bringing players in to make a difference and that’s not the easiest thing to do in January but we’ve managed to do it and that being the case we’ve got a group of players who have been ready for around six weeks now and are desperate to do well for this club,” Mackay added.
“It was great to see Kim Bo and Harry on the score sheet, they’ve proved they can make a difference. Kim had a very good game and was one of our constant threats, while Harry did his duty at both ends.”
Mackay was also full of praise for over 2,000 Latics fans who made the trip to the seaside and were sent home happy on the day chairman Mr. Dave Whelan returned to the UK from Barbados.
“There were 2,000 fans at Bloomfield Road backing us and making noise from the first minute to the very last,” he added. “I’m delighted for them, because they’ve had to endure a lot this season.
“The fans turned out incredibly and they helped us secure the three points today in a big way.
“It’s also great for us to give Mr Whelan three points on the day he returned from Barbados.”