McArthur predicts more twists for Wigan

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JAMES McArthur insists Wigan’s wonderful win at Liverpool was just one of a number of twists and turns between now and the end of the season.

Latics were as skinny as 1/7 with some bookmakers to be relegated prior to last weekend, but their 2-1 victory at Anfield has breathed new hope into their survival bid.

With eight matches left, Latics lie just one point behind fourth-bottom Bolton and three behind fifth-bottom Blackburn, who face champions Manchester United next.

The Trotters have a massive relegation six-pointer against fellow strugglers Wolves, meaning dropped points for at least one side, while Latics have a home game against mid-table Stoke.

And McArthur feels everything is up for grabs in the home straight of the campaign.

“It’s tough at the bottom – it was last year and it certainly is again this time,” he told the Evening Post.

“Teams are going to get results when they’re not expected to – and probably a lot of people wouldn’t have expected us to have gone to Liverpool and won.

“But we have huge belief in our play and that allows us to get results like that.

“I’ve always believed we can get out of trouble, and if we can keep pushing each other on there’s no reason why we can’t.”

McArthur was again outstanding at the weekend alongside James McCarthy in neutralising the threat of Steven Gerrard in the engine room.

They were joined for the final quarter by Ben Watson, a frustrated spectator in recent weeks but who slotted straight back in superbly.

“When Ben came on he was excellent – he gets the ball in deep areas, he keeps it simple, he keeps it moving and that helped us,” McArthur added.

“I don’t think we played great on the day, we were a bit loose in possession which isn’t like us.

“But the main thing is the three points and we’ll take that every day of the week.”

Latics now have eight matches to save themselves – four at home and four on the road – starting with the visit of Stoke this weekend.

The clash against the Potters will evoke memories of their dramatic final-day escape last term.

And McArthur reckons a second home win of the campaign would continue the feel-good factor.

“We need to pick up our home form, but we just need that little bit of luck in front of goal,” he acknowledged.

“Our last seven performances – apart from Swansea – have been outstanding, we’ve been putting teams under major pressure and creating loads of chances. We just need to take a few more and try and keep that elusive clean sheet at the back.”