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24 February 2014

Saturday’s opening goal scorer James McArthur dedicates goal to his daughter Ella Rose and Ben Watson.

Last week was a busy one for James McArthur both on and off the field.

A midweek victory against Barnsley on Tuesday and Saturday’s win against Brighton & Hove Albion were pleasing for the 26-year-old, but in between the two matches McArthur’s delight peaked as he welcomed his first child into the world on Thursday, Ella Rose McArthur.

The Scottish international announced the news of his new arrival on Twitter, saying:

“Only other Dads will understand the feeling of watching your baby born.  Crying was an understatement.”

After scoring the opening goal in Latics’ 2-1 win against Brighton on Saturday, McArthur dedicated it to his daughter.

“It was great to be on the score sheet and it’s massive to help the team, but it also capped off a brilliant week for me.

“I’d like to dedicate the goal to my daughter Ella Rose, it’s been an amazing feeling to become a Dad for the first time and this weekend was a great way to celebrate.

“It’s been a very exciting time for me and I’d like to thank everyone who has congratulated since my new arrival.”

With the injury to Ben Watson on Tuesday still leaving a mark on the squad, McArthur also dedicated Saturday’s victory to his team mate.

“The win is certainly dedicated to Ben because he’s been a major factor in where we are in the table right now.

“His performances have helped us to be in this great position and we’re all really gutted that he’s injured, we want to achieve big things for Ben.

“Not having him around is a big miss for us, but he’ll be an inspiration for us while we continue to try and achieve promotion.”

Focussing on the game itself, McArthur, who was voted by supporters as Man of the Match, said it wasn’t easy but he was happy to get the job done.

“It was an ugly game towards the end and I don’t think we played as well as we could have.

“We got put on the back foot at times in the second half, but to be honest I’d rather win ugly than play well and lose.

“We’ve picked up three straight wins in the league and we’re building up momentum now.”

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