Latics boss pleased with forward duo as James McClean notches fifth of the season and Martyn Waghorn returns to starting XI.
- McClean taken to striker role like “duck to water”.
- Irish forward going to be a great asset to Wigan Athletic.
- Waghorn a terrific youngster.
During his post-match reflection on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at the DW Stadium, Latics boss Malky Mackay held praise for his strike pairing of Martyn Waghorn and James McClean.
Irish striker McClean rounded off another enthusiastic and passionate performance with his fifth goal of the campaign whilst Waghorn returned for his first start since Latics’ defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in November, completing 72 minutes.
On Republic of Ireland international McClean, Mackay said:
“I’m really pleased with James; he’s taken to the role of playing centre forward like a duck to water and he’s causing people problems every week.
“It’s a fantastic delivery from Shaun Maloney to start with and it’s a magnificent header from James because that’s not an easy skill and it’s capped off another great performance from him.
“He’s still learning, there are naïve parts to his game but going forward he’s someone that is going to be a great asset to Wigan Athletic.”
As Waghorn searches for full match fitness and sharpness after over two months out with a shoulder injury, there’s still more to come from the former England U21 international but Mackay was enthused by the work rate of the 24-year-old.
“Martyn has to keep showing quality and keep getting himself into dangerous areas,” the Scot explained.
“I think today that he knows himself he was reactive rather than proactive when James flashed a couple of balls across the box and he could have had a goal or two.
“He’s got terrific work rate and he’s a terrific youngster; he’s somebody that’s giving everything for the cause.”