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6 November 2015

McCann says Latics are buoyant heading into FA Cup clash.

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Latics’ 2015/16 FA Cup journey begins a short distance away at Bury on Saturday (7 November), with the club entering the competition at the first round for the first time since 2002, and midfielder Chris McCann says the team are looking to enjoy the challenge of the cup after their impressive form in Sky Bet League One over the past month.

“The FA Cup is no kick about, we want to win every single game we play and Saturday will be no different.

“We’re doing well at the moment, we’re on a fantastic run of unbeaten games.

“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves last Saturday to get the win in the end.  There’s a gap of two weeks between league games so we wanted to sign off on a high.

“Winning on Saturday gives us that momentum to go out and enjoy the cup game, but at the same time we’ve got to keep the run going so that we arrive back in League One with some positive results.”

McCann continued, crediting the team’s recent run of results to his manager Gary Caldwell, who he says has stamped his style and attitude on the players.

“We’re unbeaten in 10 now and that just gives us more reason to keep the run going.

“The gaffer has instilled a winning mentality into us and he wants us to take the cup competitions very seriously.

“I think in the previous two years we’ve taken some games a little too lightly, chopping and changing the team, but the gaffer has given us belief that we can win every game we play in and that we’re not just turning up to make up the numbers.”

Under Caldwell, McCann has enjoyed an unfamiliar defensive role in the team, one he’s grateful for.

“My role now is a bit different, but as long as I’m playing I’m happy.  The gaffer spoke to me a while ago and said he likes me playing in defence.

“I’ve played in that position before in the last few seasons, so the gaffer must have liked what he saw.

“There have been a few injuries and it makes me feel quite fortunate to have kept my position in defence. Morgs (Craig Morgan) and Pearcey (Jason Pearce) have had a few injuries so I’ve got a good run in the side and I feel like I’ve done okay, so hopefully I can continue that.”

Chris McCann in defence for Latics in the 2014 FA Cup quarter final against Manchester City.

Latics’ visit to Gigg Lane this weekend will be their second in less than a month, with another 1,000 plus following expecting, something which McCann says the players can’t get enough of.

“The fans turned out that day, it was unbelievable and they filled the whole end.

“Another following like that will be greatly appreciated from all of the players, because it proved last time their support can help us to get results.

“It was a tough place to go and we found that out early last time.  We were two goals down and they’re a good side, who make it difficult, but we have that momentum right now and hopefully that will play into our hands.”

Chris was speaking to at the Premier League Girls Football Project at Abraham Guest, a video of which can be found below.


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