Mac backs team-mates

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JAMES McArthur has backed his team-mates to keep Wigan Athletic on the Wembley trail tonight in his absence.

The Scot will miss tonight’s visit of Bradford City after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign at the weekend against West Ham.

Latics are red-hot favourites to see off the Bantams and book their place in the last eight of the Capital One Cup.

But McArthur – who was part of the Latics sides that fell to lower-division opposition in both domestic cup competitions last term – says nothing will be taken for granted.

The visitors will be cheered on by nearly 5,000 travelling supporters in their biggest game for years, and McArthur acknowledges the League Two outfit won’t be coming to the DW to make up the numbers.

“Bradford will be coming here all guns blazing,” said the Scotland international.

“They are on a good moment of form, they’re winning games and we need to treat it proper.

“We need to go into that game with the same drive we showed against West Ham and get a win. We can’t afford to do anything else.”

McArthur also pointed to past experience to shoot down suggestions Latics already have a foot in the quarter-finals.

“We’ve done it before where we have been beaten by smaller teams in the cups, so we need to learn from that,” he added.