Denmark international delighted to return to Latics starting XI.
- “The long throw-in is a good weapon” – Kvist.
- Praise for James McClean.
- Fans’ backing helped us keep going.
Latics midfielder and Denmark international captain William Kvist returned to Malky Mackay’s side for his first 90 minutes since the 2-2 draw at Wolves back in October and impressed throughout as James McClean’s header earned the hosts a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at the DW Stadium.
The 29-year-old showed his experience and composure in the middle of the park whilst he also unveiled his long throw-in to Latics fans, causing the Rovers problems in defence.
“That’s why I came here; I came here to contribute, play games and it was lovely to play again,” the former Fulham man said.
“I’m tired! Clearly, because it’s been eight weeks since I think since I last played 90 minutes for the national team but I’ve stayed fit, waited for my chance and today was that day.
“The manager said that he only recently realised I did the long throw-in; I’ve done it for many years at Copenhagen, Stuttgart and for Denmark so it’s a good weapon.
“It’s always difficult when the ball is thrown in because it doesn’t have a lot of speed so the defenders really have to hit it hard to get the ball out of the box so you will always get some second and third balls in the area.
“It was really back and forth; especially in the second-half there was lots of energy and lots of tackles and headers – I love that.”
Kvist has played with and against some of the world’s elite in his career to date and he’s been impressed with Latics’ stand-out man at the moment, James McClean.
“It was a wonderful feeling to finally see some good goals from our side and it’s a very important point because I think we saw today a very different attitude than before.
“I’ve been in the stands for the last couple of weeks and James has been by far our best player, not just last week.
“He is so dangerous, quick and also he has the right attitude, I’m impressed with James.”
The Dane, who signed a one-year deal with Latics in August, added how impressed he was with the fans in the second half of the clash with Rovers as a superb derby atmosphere helped Latics earn a point.
“It was lovely to hear the back up from the fans, they’ve been great all season,” he continued. “Even though we’re at the bottom rather than the top, that’s so important for us to feel something and it helps us to keep on going if they’re backing us.”