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24 April 2016

Versatile midfielder Chris McCann praises the quality in Latics’ ranks after promotion all-but secured in 4-1 win over Southend United.

  • Chris McCann gets the first of four Latics goals in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Southend United.
  • “Promotion a big achievement,” McCann tells LaticsPlayer HD.
  • 28-year-old says players chomping at the bit for Blackpool.
Latics midfielder Chris McCann says his side “never looked back” after he opened the scoring in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Southend United at the DW Stadium.

After two games without a win, Latics went into the game with the Shrimpers knowing a win could all-but secure promotion – an eventuality that came true with Walsall losing 4-0 at Bradford City.

Talking to LaticsPlayer HD post-match, McCann said Gary Caldwell had called for three big performances from his side in the final three matches and Latics duly delivered.

“The gaffer said he wanted three big performances in the final three games,” McCann said. “He wanted us to start off quickly on the back of a disappointing result at Doncaster and a draw with Burton albeit that was a good point.

“He wanted us to play the way we want to play and he wanted us to go up in style and we started off like a house on fire and we never looked back.

“There is so much quality in the team; the players we have are outstanding with the chances we create.”

McCann bagged his third league goal of the season to open the scoring for Latics before Will Grigg had Latics three up by half-time with his 22nd and 23rd league goals of the season and McCann was full of praise for the prolific frontman.

“I was delighted to get on the score-sheet,” he added. “The gaffer put my back in midfield and he told me to get myself forward and get on the score-sheet and I nearly did that more than once.

“Will is fantastic; it is a joy to have somebody like him in your team because even if he is not in the game he is a danger and he proved that last week at Doncaster when he got one touch in the first-half and stuck it in the back of the net.”

Now McCann and the rest of the side will turn their attentions to a trip to Blackpool next weekend where they could all-but win the Sky Bet League One title in front of over 3,000 travelling supporters.

“It is the best thing you can aim for as a player to win the league and we just spoke about it in the dressing room how big an achievement it is and how special it would be to do that over a local rival next week as well,” McCann explained.

“The boys are chomping at the bit to go there and seal the win that would give us the title.”

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