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Malky Mackay hails Wigan Athletic fighting spirit after win at Blackpool

2 March 2015

Wigan Athletic boss Malky Mackay has challenged his side to keep putting pressure on their fellow Sky Bet Championship strugglers after a vital 3-1 victory at Blackpool.

South Korea international Kim Bo-Kyung opened his Latics account just before the break and centre-back Harry Maguire added a second midway through the second half.

Winger James McClean then sealed the visitors' victory late on to leave Blackpool - who scored a late consolation through Gary Madine - 15 points from safety.

"It's a great result," said Mackay, whose side remain second-bottom, nine points adrift of 21st-place Rotherham United.

"It was always going to be a tough one coming here with us both scrapping for the points.

"There's a fighting spirit at Blackpool that we were going to have to compete with.

"It's a local derby and the pitch is quite something right now. For anybody to be calm and play football the way they did, I take my hat off. So to come away with a result like that was really pleasing.

"It was nip and tuck and we managed to force that goal before half-time which meant Blackpool had to come out and leave us a bit more space in the second half.

"The points total over the last six to eight weeks has not echoed performances and if we can keep putting in performances like that, we can put pressure on teams above us and we will do that right until the end."

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