McClean taunts Wigan rivals after miracle comeback

James McClean says Wigan’s success in landing the League One title “rubbed it in the faces” of rival clubs who doubted their quality.

In what is a major boost for Stephen Kenny ahead of the June international window, McClean was amazingly recovering from an injury he picked up just last month that threatened to sideline him for nine months to finish on the final day for Wigan to start the season. Will Keane scored twice and McClean (inset) played 68 minutes in a 3-0 away win against Shrewsbury, sending Wigan into the Championship as title winners.

“That was probably the toughest League One I can remember,” he said. “To be at the top with 92 points is absolutely unbelievable.

“People in this league claim to be the best team in the league but those are just opinions. Actions speak louder than words, we took first place and are the best team in the league.

“Probably adding fuel to the fire, but the proof is in the pudding, we’re the ones with the trophy. It’s just me rubbing it in and I’m absolutely delighted to do so. People can talk, but we supported it. Facts are facts and here we are,” added the Ireland international.

Georgie Kelly is already aiming for Championship success after a dramatic debut for Rotherham United in which he scored and secured promotion from League One.

The Donegal native has been struggling with injury since joining Rotherham from the Bohemians in January and had to wait until the final day to make his debut. The Millers were already 1-0 up away at Gillingham when Kelly came on from the bench with 10 minutes left and within minutes he was picking up a pass from compatriot Chiedozie Ogbene to score and take the win and the secure ascent.

“I was very happy to make my debut before the end of the season, I didn’t even have my mind on scoring,” he said.
“I’ve had a lot of injuries and setbacks, it’s been tough adjusting to that standard but it’s not a bad way to end the season. It’s a big moment for this club and hopefully now we can get going to secure and be a regular Championship club.”

Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley has backed Gavin Bazunu to make it to Premier League level after the Dubliner signed his loan deal with the League One side, saying there was no question of Bazunu returning on loan next season.

“No, I don’t think that would be possible for us,” Cowley said. “Gavin will play in the Premier League. Now let me tell you: He’s world class. He’s going to be a world-class goalkeeper.” McClean taunts Wigan rivals after miracle comeback

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