Forward pleased to mark Latics debut with a goal in 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.
- Conor McAleny scores on his Wigan Athletic debut.
- Everton loanee notched the second goal for Latics in 2-0 win at Bramall Lane.
- “I couldn’t have got off to a better start” – McAleny.
Latics’ final signing of the January transfer window, Conor McAleny, marked his Latics debut with a goal and a fine performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
The 23-year-old, who has moved to the DW Stadium from Everton until the end of the season, says he couldn’t have been happier with how his first Latics appearance unfolded.
“I am delighted,” McAleny said. “I couldn’t have got off to a better start with the team getting the win, the clean sheet and getting a goal myself as well.
“I am made up to score on my debut; I was just screaming at Max [Power] to lay the ball off to me and as soon as I went through I just wanted to hit the target.”
McAleny had a couple of half chances in the first-half and was then integral to a positive start to the second-half that saw Will Grigg score from the penalty spot before he notched himself to give Gary Caldwell’s side a two-goal advantage.
And the forward, who has previously had loan spells with Brentford and Cardiff City amongst others, says the game-plan was to up the ante early in the second period.
“First-half I thought we had a few chances but I think the last little bit wasn’t quite right,” he explained. “However, in the second-half we came out all guns blazing and it just worked, we got more chances and the game opened up.”
“We have good players and when we get it right we are always likely to create opportunities and that is what happened.”
McAleny celebrated his goal in front of over 1,600 travelling Latics fans, a support he was full of praise for.
“The fans were amazing,” McAleny continued. “They were with us throughout the whole game and being able to give them something to cheer on my debut was pleasing.”