McArthur retains belief

Wigan midfielder targets survival

James McArthur: Retains his belief in his team-mates that they can survive

James McArthur retains his belief that Wigan can once again escape the Premier League drop but admits they need to score more.

The Latics host Stoke - the team they beat on the final day of last season to stay up - on Saturday.

Roberto Martinez's side go into the clash on a high, having pulled off their first win over Liverpool at Anfield.

That historic 2-1 victory has lifted the Latics to just a point from safety with eight games left to play.

"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."

James McArthur

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McArthur told the Wigan Evening Post: "It's tough at the bottom - it was last year and it certainly is again this time.

"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.

Huge belief

"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."

Wigan have won just once in the top flight at the DW Stadium this term - and scored only 12 times - and McArthur is targeting more goals, as well as clean sheets.

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

"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."