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JAMES McARTHUR EXPECTS INTENSE SECOND LEG AT QPR

11 May 2014

James McArthur says Latics will have a game plan, but expects another tough battle at Loftus Road.

The Play Offs of the Sky Bet Championship between Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers are delicately poised heading into the second leg at Loftus Road following the 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium on Friday.

James McArthur faced his 53rd game of the season on Friday, and expects his 54th to be just as intense, but heads down to London in a confident mood.

“Sometimes maybe it’s better at 0-0 because QPR now have something to lose at home,” said the 26-year-old.

“If we had won the game at home then QPR would have had to come at us all guns blazing, whereas as now hopefully they’ll fear defeat and we’ll be ready to win.

“They’ve got a lot of experience in their team, it’s a strong defence and midfield to face when you’re trying to score a goal, but hopefully our energy up front will help us to get a result.”

McArthur believes pace and energy up front will be crucial to success at Loftus Road, and warned of the threat team mate Callum McManaman poses, especially after his performance on Friday at the DW.

McArthur added:

“You look at how Callum (McManaman) played on Friday and he forced QPR to double up on him, that’s the sort of threat we possess.

“It doesn’t matter how many people try to take him out of the game, he’s a match winner and hopefully he can be just that down at Loftus Road.

“We have a lot of choice and if one player causes a threat, it opens it up and we can punish teams, we just have to be clinical.”

Comparing the first leg to what he expects in the second leg, McArthur continued:

“It was tough to try and break them down in the first leg, they came with a game plan to sit in and they made it hard for us.

“If I’m being honest I think we battered them in the away game in the league and we should have scored plenty of goals that night.

“That’s something we’ve got to put right this time around, we must make sure we take our chances.

“There has to be a game plan and we’ll have the right one to put us in the best place to win.”

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