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Sunday 17 December 2017

McClean eager for more after injury comeback

A FIT-AGAIN James McClean has vowed to do all he can to lift Wigan away from the drop zone in the Championship.

The winger had been out of action since he picked up an injury during the club's pre-season programme but he received a boost this week by making his first start of the campaign in Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest.

His return to action was good news for Ireland boss Martin O'Neill ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, starting with Gibraltar at home on Saturday week as the former Derry City man missed last month's games against Oman and Georgia.

"It was nice to make my first start of the season after what's been a frustrating and long period on the sidelines," he said, hoping to lift a Wigan side who have scored just once in their last five games.

"It was great to be involved again and play my part I've been out for a long time so I've been itching to get back on the field. The goals will come, I truly believe that, and when they do we just have to make sure we sure up at the back as well and start putting wins together," added McClean, pleased with that point against Forest.

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"I think we answered a few critics but let's be honest we're not where we want to be in the league and we're not where we should be with the quality we have."

Meanwhile, McClean's former Derry City team-mate Stephen McLaughlin believes he has made the right move by joining Notts County on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Notts boss Shaun Derry swooped to sign the Donegal lad on a on-month loan deal and McLaughlin made an instant impact, setting up two goal on his debut on Monday.

"Shaun Derry has made it clear he wants me to be here. The manager at Forest also felt it was the right move for me because they have an international break coming up and this will allow me to get some games," says McLaughlin.

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