Rotation working just fine for Mac

Wigan Athletic's James McArthur
Wigan Athletic's James McArthur

JAMES McArthur believes Uwe Rosler’s rotation system has been key to the side’s success in recent months.

Wigan have lost just once in their last 13 games, a run which has seen them climb to fifth in the table.

Rosler made six changes to the team ahead of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Championship leaders Leicester City and it’s a ploy that McArthur thinks has worked fantastically well.

“He’s done it all the way through our run,” said McArthur. “People say that he should maybe not rotate.

“But we’ve done that and won eight or nine games in a row so you can’t justify not rotating because it’s worked for us.

“I think in this league we need to do that because there are so many games and a such a high demand.

“You look at where we were, we needed to make sure we kept winning games or we wouldn’t get to that play-off place.

We’ve dealt with that pressure and we’re used to it by now.” Two of McArthur’s centre-midfield partners are facing lengthy injury lay-offs in Ben Watson and Chris McCann.

It has meant the Scot has had to play alongside several loanees since January but he insists it hasn’t been a problem.

“They’re quality players,” he added. “You look at Ben and Chris who are fantastic footballers and the players now, you’ve got three players on loan in Josh McEachran, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Jack Collison.

“Then there’s Roger Espinoza who is another brilliant midfielder and then I think Jordi Gomez is playing the best I’ve seen him play in a run of matches since I’ve been here and it’s great to be alongside that quality.

“His delivery was outstanding against Leicester, I thought he was excellent.

“He played maybe more of a sitting role and I think it suited him because he got on the ball and he could control the tempo of the match.”

Gomez put in another fantastic performance during the draw against Leicester, providing the assists for both goals.

It’s a game which McArthur admits the side were disappointed not to win, despite their opponent’s obvious quality with them well clear at the top of the table.

“We were gutted,” he said. “We played really well and dominated, especially the second half and had numerous chances at 2-1.

“We were a little unfortunate not to take any of them. On another day we would have won that 3-1 or 4-1.”