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Eventful Night For James McClean As Wigan Pick Up Another Win

By PJ Browne
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Ireland internationals Will Keane and James McClean both scored for Wigan as they beat Fleetwood Town 2-0 in League One on Tuesday night.

Keane converted a penalty in the 37th minute for this 17th goal of the season. Five minutes later, McClean added a second - his eighth goal this season - with a low strike from the edge of the box.

Deep into injury time at the end of the game, McClean was shown a red card, along with Fleetwood's Joe Garner, following an altercation between the pair in the Wigan box. McClean was deeply frustrated with the decision. It certainly appeared that Garner had been the aggressor.

James McClean goal and red card Wigan vs Fleetwood Town

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Wigan manager Leam Richardson told Wigan Today the clash was between two players "who each have that will to win and that fight in them".

"It looked like a bit of a clash, a bit of handbags, but if the referee's seen something, they should know better," said Richardson.

"But without seeing it, though, I can't really comment too much.


"I've worked with James McClean for a period of time now, and he's been an absolute pleasure to work with.

"That's all I can say... his will to win is there for all to see.

"Knowing him, leaving the pitch like that, there'll be nobody more disappointed than he is.


"In training, every day, he's the first one in, and he's the last one out, pushing himself to be the best he can be.

"He looks after himself, he lives for football, he lives to win, and he loves playing for this club.

"I always take people as I find them.


"And over the course of 30-plus games under me, he's been an absolute pleasure to work with."

Wigan are currently second in League One, seven points behind leaders Rotherham. Though, Wigan do have two games in hand.

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