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Thursday 15 March 2012

McArthur rallies Wigan for season run-in

Latics midfielder determined to build on recent performances

Wigan Athletic signed midfielder James McArthur from Hamilton Academical in 2010

Wigan midfielder James McArthur says the display against Norwich last weekend can be a springboard for the club's survival in the Barclays Premier League.

The Latics drew 1-1 at Carrow Road on Sunday to leave them only two points from safety in the tense relegation battle at the bottom of the table.

Wigan have now lost only once in their last five League matches and McArthur says the side must keep believing during the season run-in.

"On another day we would have scored four or five and we'll aim to keep producing those opportunities against West Brom"
- James McArthur

"We've just got to keep going, keep pushing one another in these final 10 games," McArthur told the club's official website.

"So long as we keep demanding more of one another and maintain these kinds of performances I'm sure we'll be OK come the end of the campaign."

Wigan now take on West Brom on Saturday and McArthur says the performance against Norwich shows that Wigan are still creating plenty of goalscoring opportunities.

"I thought we played really well and created a lot of good chances that could have won us the game," he added.

"I think it's a bit of luck that we need to get the winning goals; [Norwich goalkeeper] John Ruddy's had a great game on Sunday and got man-of-the-match which tells its own story.

"On another day we would have scored four or five and we'll aim to keep producing those opportunities against West Brom next.

"Overall we're disappointed not to have won the game, but it was another great performance that got some reward and one we have to take into the next match and build upon."

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Key Points

  • James McArthur believes Wigan were unlucky not to win at Norwich
  • Midfielder wants team to build on recent displays in relegation run-in
  • Wigan host West Brom on Saturday