McCarthy targets survival

08 February 2011 07:54
James McCarthy has spoken out in determination as he lets the country know that he thinks Wigan Athletic will survive. The 20 year old midfielder has withdrawn from the Ireland squad this week after injuring his ankle in the 4-3 victory over Blackburn in which he grabbed two goals. Despite this knock, McCarthy is expected to feature against Liverpool at the weekend and he is targetting survival for the Latics. Speaking to the Wigan Evening Post, the former Hamilton midfielder said: “The boys were magnificent against Blackburn and we battled so well to get the three points. The important thing now is to take that performance into Liverpool next week – because this is where the run-in starts. “We’ll go there with a bit of momentum, and we’ll see what happens next week. From here on in, every game is a massive game, but hopefully these three points will mean we can start looking up instead of down. “We’ve proved with the win at Spurs and the draws against Arsenal and Liverpool that we can match the big boys – and hopefully we can do so again.” “I want to try and add goals to my game and it was nice to get another two. But the most important thing was the result, and we did that. Without that, the two goals would have meant nothing. The first one was from a tight angle, and I was wondering if I’d be able to squeeze it in past the post. “For the second, I’ve gone to shoot and I’ve seen the defender come across, so I knocked it back past him, and I was pleased with the finish.” “The gaffer didn’t panic at half-time, even at 1-1. He told us to keep working hard and play like we had towards the end of the half. It’s been a frustrating season for me personally, watching from the sidelines for three months, but I’m delighted to be back amongst the boys. “We have a good enough squad here, and I’m sure we have enough to survive.” CLICK HERE FOR THE MESSAGEBOARD