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READING WIN ALMOST PERFECT SAYS McARTHUR

19 April 2014

James McArthur praises high intensity and contribution from the DW crowd.

James McArthur says Friday’s 3-0 win over Reading was almost the perfect performance as a high intensity display was backed up by fine quality on a glorious afternoon at the DW Stadium.

Jordi Gomez, Martyn Waghorn and Callum McManaman grabbed the goals whilst McArthur was once again at the top level of his game to drive Latics to another valuable three points.

And, though McArthur says Latics could perhaps have score more goals with the chances they created, he was full of praise for his team mates as Nigel Adkins’ Royals were completely outplayed.

“I think it was close to the perfect performance today; we controlled the tempo of the match and that’s what it was all about from start to finish,” McArthur explained.

“We could have had a few more goals with a lot of balls flashed across the face of the goal and if we were in better positions we’d tap them in but I don’t think we can complain, we’ve scored three good goals and it’s another valuable three points.”

The performance and result was timely after last Saturday’s penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

And McArthur felt the effort of the players proved any doubters wrong as well as showing the immense character within the dressing room.

“I think a lot of people were thinking we were going to slip up and not be able to bounce back from what happened at the weekend but everyone was positive about what happened against Arsenal because we put up a good show,” he added.

“We were very unfortunate not to get through and everyone knew our focus was to try and get back in the Premier League so, especially now that we’re out of the cup, we can focus on that.”

The Scotland international was also quick to praise Latics’ fans who he says created a positive atmosphere from the off – a key contributor to one of the best performances of the season.

“I think it was one of the best atmosphere’s they’ve created all season,” McArthur continued.

“They were in a positive mood from the word go, even the warm up and the early stages of the match it was excellent and that helped us push on.

“That’s what you need from your fans and we’re going to need them more at the end of this season.”

A trip to nearly promoted Burnley now faces Latics and McArthur says a repeat performance from Latics would go a long way to delaying the Clarets’ promotion party.

“We needed three points against Reading and we’ll go into the Burnley game wanting three points as well - hopefully we’ll get them,” the 26-year-old said.

“We need to keep performing like we did today; when the manager first came in we were at it and all pressing very well.

“Then I think we didn’t work it right for a little bit but  today we were back at it and we put Reading under a lot of pressure from the word go, hopefully we can have more performances like that.”

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