JAMES McArthur insists Wigan Athletic must not fear anyone – even champions Manchester United – after their gutsy performance at Chelsea.
Roberto Martinez claimed his side were ‘robbed’ of two points at Stamford Bridge by a couple of huge refereeing blunders, with the second offside goal coming deep into stoppage-time.
The result leaves Latics second-bottom of the league, ahead of Wednesday’s clash with United.
But McArthur believes the players showed once again at the weekend that they are good enough to compete with the best.
“I think that so long as we keep producing these performances, the points will come,” McArthur told the Evening Post.
We’ve been fantastic in the last seven or eight games, and were so unlucky at Stamford Bridge not to get another result.
“It was a tough afternoon, but I thought we played well once again. We’ve conceded two goals that appear to have been offside.
“But we won’t let it get to us – we didn’t let their opener get to us and went on to get a deserved equaliser.
“The last goal was so disappointing having done so well, but we’ll dust ourselves down and get ready for Manchester United.
“They’re a fantastic side who are top of the table because they win games, but we’ll be looking to impose ourselves on the game and we’ll certainly not play with any fear.”
If Latics play to the same level as they did in West London, they’ll certainly give United a game.
After falling behind to Branislav Ivanovic goal that was so far offside it was embarrassing, Latics fought back to deservedly level through substitute Momo Diame.
“Momo’s a fantastic player with the ability to score goals like that, which is perhaps why the gaffer brought him on towards the end,” McArthur added.
“His power and pace were a threat to Chelsea and he did very well.
“But we were always in the game, even when they took the lead.
“Franco (di Santo) and Victor (Moses) had chances straight after the goal, which is a sign of how threatening we were – and that’s pleasing to look back on.”
Despite pushing for a winner near the end, Latics were denied even a point when Juan Mata struck in the third minute of stoppage-time – also from a suspiciously offside position.
But McArthur feels Wigan’s performance will nevertheless have sent a message out to their relegation rivals.
“We’re not concentrating on other teams at this moment – we’re the only ones that matter,” he added.
“And although it’s a positive that all the teams around us were defeated, our results are the ones that will keep us in the Premier League.
“There’s always pressures on games whether you’re at the top or the bottom of the league.
“All we can do is approach the game in the same manner and not have any fear.
“If we do that, there’s no reason we can’t get a result – even against Manchester United.”