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Talking Points: Grant McCann Press Conference

12 September 2019
Grant McCann spoke to the media at the Club’s Training Ground this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Wigan Athletic.

Here are the key points from his pre-match press conference…

On Angus MacDonald…
We knew about Angus for a little while before the news was actually released. Obviously, we’re all gutted for him. He’s shown a real strength of character to deal with it and everyone at the Club – players and staff – sends their best wishes to him. Angus will take a break from football and when he comes back from some time abroad the operation starts. With the strength of character he has – I’m certain he’ll come back fighting. We’ll be supporting him every step of the way.

On Injury News…
Everyone who was injured against Millwall is looking good. Most of them, luckily, are not as bad as we first thought after the previous game. When it comes to hamstring injuries, sometimes you do have to be careful with them. But, it’s been really pleasing to see them all out on the grass this week and they all have a chance of being involved at the weekend. Whether we take the risk with one or two of them, we’ll wait and see. Everyone has come back from international duty in good shape and, after a bit of a recovery day today (Thursday), I expect them to be firing on all cylinders tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday. Callum Elder has been training with us for the past two weeks now. He’s looking good and comes into contention for the game at the weekend.

On Markus Henriksen and David Milinkovic…
Markus Henriksen is part of the group – like everybody else. For whatever reason, a move away didn’t materialise. He’s here and he’s part of us. He’ll fight for a place in the team like everybody else. He’s up against a very good midfield six, who have all contributed hugely in the eight games we’ve played to-date – I’ve been really pleased with them all. All of them have to prove they’re worthy of a place in the side though, not just Markus.

It’s exactly the same for David Milinkovic. He’s got to be willing to work and fight and get past the ones who are currently in front of him – two players who have been playing very well for the team in Jarrod (Bowen) and Kamil (Grosicki). We’ve also got Josh Magennis and Josh Bowler who can play in the position as well, so David has got a fight on his hands. That’s the nature of football though.

On Nouha Dicko’s loan departure…
I’ve previously mentioned that it was important for Nouha to play some games. He wasn’t happy to wait in terms of getting a chance here, which I was fine with. I will never stand in anybody’s way if that’s the way they want to be. We need a group that is committed to the cause. I’m not saying Nouha wasn’t, but I understand that he didn’t play much football last year and he didn’t want to go through another year not playing as much as he wanted. The move made sense for both parties.

On any potential new arrivals…
We’ve looked at two or three free agents – and we’re still looking. I’ll sit down with my staff and look at things to decide which is the best way for us to go – whether we do something now or whether we wait until January. We’ll just have to wait and see.

On the challenge of facing Wigan…
We want to win every game – Saturday will be no different. It’s important to try and win playing our way. We’re disappointed with our points tally so far, but we’ve got opportunities to add to it with three Saturday games in a row this month. We want to pick up as many points as we possibly can, but it’s not going to be easy on Saturday because Paul Cook’s teams are usually good footballing sides and play the right way. He’s a very good manager and I have huge respect for him. It’s going to be a difficult game but – like I always say – we’ve just got to make sure we’re on our game, stick to our game-plan and stick to our beliefs. If we do that, we’ll give ourselves the best chance of getting the result we all want.

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