McCarthy wants repeat Wigan display against Everton after narrow Arsenal loss

The 22-year-old midfielder believes the Latics were unlucky in their 1-0 defeat on Saturday, but is looking ahead to the Boxing Day clash as a chance to rebuild team confidence

Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has called on his team-mates to perform against Everton in the same manner as they did against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Latics lost 1-0 to the Gunners, with Mikel Arteta converting a second-half penalty after Jean Beausejour was adjudged to have fouled Theo Walcott inside the box.

Wigan travel to high-flying Everton on Boxing Day, in the second of four tough fixtures over the festive period – with a trip to Aston Villa before Manchester United come to the DW Stadium on New Year's Day – so a points return against David Moyes’ side will be crucial with the club currently sitting in the relegation zone.

"We created a lot of chances against Arsenal and I thought we dominated for large spells of the game, this is something we need to replicate on Boxing Day against Everton,” the Scotland midfielder told the club’s official website.

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"If we play like we did against Arsenal then a positive results is there for the taking against Everton and for that matter, in every game we play from now until the end of the season.

"We need to take our chances against Everton and if we do then the confidence will be flowing."

Defeat at the hands of Arsenal meant the Latics have just one win from their last eight games.

In contrast, Everton have only lost once in their last eight and sit fifth in the table and McCarthy is aware of the challenge that awaits them on Wednesday.

"Everton are a tough side and they’ve proved that with their results this season, especially in the manner they beat West Ham United because we know that they’re a tough team to beat," McCarthy added.

"We all know what to expect from Everton because they have a very versatile style.

"Everyone needs to dig in deep during the Christmas period as they always do and we’ve got great options now despite the injury problems.

"The competition for places in the midfield is very high and it keeps us on our toes which means nobody can slack off.

"I think that will put us in a good position against Everton because they too have a very strong midfield with players like Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar."