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12 August 2013

Midfielder disappointed to lose out but sees big signs of encouragement.

“We definitely wanted to bring home some silverware from the game but we also wanted to enjoy the occasion,” said James McArthur speaking after yesterday’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester United.

“As players we want to push ourselves and we did everything we could to win yesterday but we missed out through small margins.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted but we can take positives from the game because we had some really good spells against a top team.”

McArthur admitted Latics found the opening of the game tough but says he also feels Latics made things tough for United too.

“In the first 25 minutes we weren’t in the game as much as we would have liked to have been but after that we started to show ourselves a lot more and we started to create some half chances.

“We kept the ball well and tried to drag Man United out more but they’re a top, top side and on the day it wasn’t meant to be.

“We tried to make it hard for them and take away possession and at the start of the second half we did that.”

On the nature of Robin Van Persie’s two goals McArthur added:

“Looking back at the goals Van Persie’s header is just a really, really good header and the chance that they score the second goal from is very unlucky to deflect off a player.

“I don’t think throughout the match it would be easy to pick out big chances for United and Scott (Carson) only had a couple of shots to save.”

Looking forward to the rest of the season, McArthur praised manager Owen Coyle and the additions made to the squad during the summer, particularly their attitudes.

“I think the signings have looked brilliant in the two games we’ve played.

“We’re looking like a great unit and the players that have come in have had a brilliant impact on the team.

“I think the attitudes of the players we’ve signed this summer will go a long way to what we do in the Championship this season.

“In this division there’s no doubt that you need quality players but if the attitude isn’t there then it won’t get you anywhere and I believe we’ve got a great bunch of lads.”

McArthur is next in action for the Scotland national side in Wednesday’s friendly against England at Wembley Stadium, a historic moment by his own admission if he gets the chance to play.

“It’s an unbelievable match and one of the biggest matches that we’ll have for a few years.

“If I’m selected it will be a huge personal moment for me.

“Trying to give young kids back in Scotland the memory of beating England is what we’re looking to do.

“I had that myself when I was 12-year-old when Don Hutchinson scored at Wembley to beat England 1-0.” 

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