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9 January 2014

James McArthur happy to have a full week of preparation for Latics v AFC Bournemouth.

Wigan Athletic are back in Championship action this weekend as they host AFC Bournemouth at the DW Stadium, seven days after the magic of the FA Cup returned with a thrilling 3-3 encounter against MK Dons.

This week has been the first full week of preparation for Uwe Rosler’s Latics since he arrived at the club in December, and it’s the first full week for the team since the end of November, something which James

McArthur says will have a positive impact on the players.

“It’s been really good to have a full week to build up to a game.

“A lot of us have done regeneration work throughout the week after what has been a very long period of games.

“I think we’ll see the benefits of that work and of course the longer time scale to prepare for our opposition is a big plus.”

Latics tasted defeat in the reverse fixture against Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium, but McArthur says they’re determined not to let that happen again after an unbeaten league start under the gaffer.

“It’s been a really good start under the gaffer and this weekend is a good chance for us to extend our current unbeaten run.

“Bournemouth are a good side and they play some good football, but we’re at home this time and we must pick up three points to try and move up that table.

“They have players that can hurt you and they showed that in the game down at their ground in August.”

On Latics’ impact players the Scottish international added:

“On the other hand we’ve got players who can cause real problems for the opposition and I think we’ve started to look a lot more dangerous in the final third recently.

“We need to try and get our impact players on the ball more because we have got players who can score goals.

“Players like Callum McManaman can really make an impact and we need to try and get him on the ball as much as possible.”

Prior to the MK Dons game, Latics were on a run of three games without conceding a goal in the Championship, something McArthur believes must continue as much as possible.

“Before the FA Cup game against MK Dons we kept three clean sheets in a row in the Championship, which is very important in this division and we’ll need to return to those standards on Saturday.

“Hopefully we’ll continue to score as many as we did last weekend, but we need to make sure we’re pressing in the right areas and stopping any threats.”

Tickets for the game against AFC Bournemouth are still on sale and are available to buy on the day of the game from the ticket office right up until kick off. For more information on tickets for Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth [click here].

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