McClean on ‘frustrating’ Birmingham defeat and second half partnership with Waghorn.
- “We know the fans don’t want excuses.”
- Birmingham strike up there with one of McClean’s best.
- Partnership worked well with Martyn Waghorn.
Speaking at the Christopher Park Training Ground, McClean reflected on the game, saying:
“It feels like I’m saying the same things every week, I know it’s frustrating for the fans because it’s frustrating for us too.
“We’re not going out to get beat and we just want to give them something to shout about, something they deserve.
“We know the fans don’t want excuses, they just want results and that’s what we should be giving them. Hopefully we can start to get the results.”
McClean’s goal to pull Latics back to 2-1 was by his own admission ‘up there with my best’, but the Republic of Ireland international said they need to start counting for something:
“It’s up there with my best goals of course. It’s always nice to score, but I was a bit embarrassed to celebrate because we could have been very far behind by then.
“I tried one just before, I got sight of goal and it was blocked, but he showed me onto my left foot again and if you don’t shoot you don’t score, so luckily for me it went in. Unfortunately it counted for nothing.
“We were determined after that goal to push on, but unfortunately at the moment that hasn’t been the case in games.”
“We’ve bossed spells of a lot of games recently, but we keep conceding goals like the third one at the weekend, it’s unacceptable from us.
“We’re conceding silly goals, but we’re not scoring at the other end either, so we’ve all got to take responsibility.”
The second half of Saturday’s game saw Martyn Waghorn return from a shoulder injury, joining McClean up front, something the 25-year-old believes was encouraging:
“We got a lot of joy at the start of the second half and we began to give them a tough time in defence.
“When Waggy came on he had an influence. He’s an intelligent player and our partnership seemed to work well, he dropped off to collect the ball, allowing me more of a chance to run in behind.
“It’s always good when there are two of us to interchange, it makes it harder for the defenders to pick us up and for the time we had on the pitch we struck up a good understanding considering it’s the first time we’ve played in those positions together.”