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James McArthur and Callum McManaman

James McArthur and Callum McManaman

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JAMES McArthur says Wigan Athletic are up to the challenge of balancing a fixture pile-up with continuing their assault on two fronts - survival in the Premier League and winning the FA Cup.

Tonight’s visit of Swansea is the second of a five-match sequence in the space of just 15 days that will decide Wigan’s fate in league and cup.

Latics got off to a good start with three points at West Brom on Saturday, and a repeat against the Swans will lift them out of the drop zone.

“Everyone’s upbeat, and really looking forward to the challenge of trying to stay in this division,” McArthur insisted.

“We’re all desperate to climb out of the bottom three, and we’re confident we can do that.

“The games are coming thick and fast but as players we’re looking forward to each and every one of them.

“Sometimes you have all week to think about a game and how you’re going to do things, but we’ve no time to think – we just get out there and play which suits us.”

McArthur played a starring role at the Hawthorns, scoring Wigan’s second equaliser with his first touch and helping the side to pinch a crucial 3-2 win.

“It was great to get on and to score an important goal,” the Scotland international said.

“The players on the bench need to be ready to come on and influence the game and thankfully that’s the way it went.

“The way we came back shows the great character in the dressing room.

“To go behind twice is obviously hard, but we really needed the three points and I think that showed in the end.”

McArthur also called on the Latics fans to create a cauldron-like atmosphere at the DW tonight to help their side over the line.

“The fans were brilliant against Tottenham last week and it was the same again on Saturday,” he added.

“You need your supporters when you go a goal behind and they’re always there for us, picking us up and keeping us going.

“Hopefully it’ll be the same on Tuesday night and we’ll do as much as we can on the pitch to make sure we get another three points.”