Everton loanee says Latics are brimming with belief as they head into the final seven games of the Sky Bet League One campaign.
- Conor McAleny’s third goal of loan spell from Everton secures 1-0 home win over Rochdale.
- 23-year-old made mark from the bench following return from injury.
- McAleny: “The pressure is on Walsall now.”
The 23-year-old scored the winner on Easter Monday as Caldwell’s side defeated Keith Hill’s Rochdale 1-0 and he says winning three consecutive Sky Bet League One games for the first time this season has put the pressure on their fellow promotion chasers.
“Two games in three days and a return of six points, you can’t ask for much more from the lads and we have put the pressure on Walsall now,” McAleny said.
“The lads are still cracking on with the job; the confidence is oozing out of everyone and with seven games to go we are going to take it game-by-game.”
McAleny missed Latics’ last three fixtures through injury and marked his return from the bench on Easter Monday with the game’s only goal just 22 minutes after his half-time introduction.
“I was delighted [to score],” he added. “I was a bit unfortunate to get injured especially in a period when I felt like I was just beginning to get going.
“I have been itching to get back for the last three weeks and I am just pleased that it turned out as it did.
“I am happy with my form so far; I am still not finished, though, there are seven games left and I want to keep working and get promotion.”
Latics didn’t have it all their own way, though, as Dale keeper Josh Lillis was in inspired form to deny the majority of Latics’ eight shots on target.
“The keeper made it really difficult for us because we had a lot of chances and it turned it into a bit of a scrappy game decided by what you could probably say was a scrappy goal,” McAleny continued.
“They sat back and went really compact so it made it difficult but we just kept knocking on the door and it was about time we put one in.”