Wigan Athletic return to league action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Vicarage Road to take on the stern test of the Championship’s top goal scoring side in the shape of fifth place Watford.
The Hornets have scored 19 goals so far this season, but Republic of Ireland international James McClean believes that statistic is something Latics cannot be afraid of:
“I saw a lot of Watford last season and of course they’re doing very well again this season.
“They move the ball well, they play nice football and they’re a good attacking side, but the quality we have in our squad should give us the belief to do the same thing.
“We want to win every game we go into, that should always be the aim no matter who we’re playing against."
The 24-year-old added that defending as a team will be needed, but that Latics will also look to play their own game, saying:
“Watford score a lot of goals so we’ll need to be good defensively, but we got a clean sheet in Belgium and against Ipswich so we’re only looking to build on that and make sure we do the same things in the right way.
“We’ve always got pace and power in the team and trickery too and that’s always good to have no matter who you’re playing, it allows us to play the way we want to.”
McClean went on to say that players like Callum McManaman only help to do that:
“It’s easy playing with good players like Callum when you’re going forwards because he scares defenders and helps the team to push on when attacking.”
Tomorrow’s game marks Latics’ fourth fixture in nine days, but McClean has seen the congested fixture list as a positive for himself in order to build some momentum.
“If you ask anyone in the dressing room they want to play every minute of every game and I’m no different, but it’s not always going to be the case because we do need to rotate.
“At first it was a little bit frustrating for me because I was only starting games here and there and building up my fitness, which made it hard to get the momentum going in my own performances.
“Now though I’ve started two of the last three games and with that my confidence has really grown and I’m just keen to keep pushing on now.”
Summing up the previous three games McClean went on to say:
“We’ve had a lot of games coming thick and fast and I think that’s the benefit of having a big squad with lots of quality in it.
“It was a good result in the Europa League because we didn’t concede, but I think we should have won the game and maybe taken it to our opponents a bit more.
“The League Cup was disappointing”, added McClean.
“Saying that Manchester City are a great side with some of the best players in the world.
“The games only continue to come at us now, but we want that because it will help us to get into the groove a bit more.
“Whoever is called upon whether it be in the league, the cup or the Europa League you can be sure we’ll be ready.”
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