Tuesday 14 February 2012

McArthur buoyant after Wigan victory

Match-winner says Latics would gladly face Villa now after beating Bolton

James McArthur tracks Bolton's Sam Ricketts during Wigan's win at the Reebok Stadium

Wigan Athletic midfielder James McArthur says the Latics are in optimistic mood after their 2-1 victory at Bolton in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Wigan's victory, thanks to a late McArthur strike, saw them move to within a point of Bolton in 19th place and only two points adrift of 17th place and safety.

Roberto Martinez is taking his team to Oman this week for warm-weather training, and their next match is not until Saturday 25th February at home against Aston Villa.

"We'd play the next game tomorrow if we could, the lads are full of confidence"
- James McArthur

"It's a good time for a break," McArthur told the club's official website. "It gives us the opportunity to get together as a team and also rejuvenate the bodies.

"But we'd play the next game tomorrow if we could, the lads are full of confidence and we can't wait to try and build on this result."

McArthur's goal was only his second of the season, and the Scottish international says he was relieved having seen Mark Davies equalise for Bolton 10 minutes prior to his match-winning effort.

He added: "I was so pleased to get the winner because I was supposed to be marking Mark Davies, so there was a touch of relief in there as well.

"From 1-11, and also the substitutes, I thought we were excellent, and to get the winner in the derby was outstanding. We kept the ball very well, created a number of chances and were good value for the win.

"The fans were also outstanding - that's the best they've been since I've been at the club.

"That's what this football club is all about - everyone is together, and that will only help us try and stay in the Premier League."

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Key Points

  • McArthur scored winner as Wigan beat Bolton 2-1
  • Midfielder says players are full of confidence after win
  • Latics must wait until 25th February for next match