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McArthur wants Wigan to end on a high

18 May 2013 17:11

Wigan midfielder James McArthur wants his side to bow out of the Premier League on Sunday with a win.

Roberto Martinez' men were relegated on Tuesday after a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal, just three days after winning the FA Cup, and McArthur feels a victory against Aston Villa would not only be important for the squad but the fans as well.

"We need to try and look forward to next season now and try and get the club back into the Premier League," the Scotland international told the club's official website.

"We're looking forward to Sunday because it's a chance to go out of the season with a win and also show our appreciation to the supporters.

"It's important for us as players, for the fans and for the whole club that we finish the Premier League with a win to show that we mean business."

While the writing has been on the wall for Wigan in terms of relegation for some time and avoiding the drop would have been an uphill task, McArthur said it did not help ease the pain when it was confirmed at the Emirates Stadium.

He revealed it was especially hurtful given the joy they had experienced at Wembley just days beforehand following the cup win against Manchester City.

"It's a feeling that we need to keep inside ourselves and always remember but something that have to make sure never happens again," he continued.

"It's tough because it (winning the FA Cup) was the highest point of our careers and then shortly after we had our lowest point which is something we need to sort out and put right."

The tie against Aston Villa could have proved to be decisive in the relegation fight, with Villa just two places above them, but even though the result may not matter mathematically now, McArthur wants it be a positive occasion for the club.

"Hopefully it will be a great send off on Sunday for ourselves and for the fans because they have been magnificent this season," he said.

"If we can perform and win on Sunday then we can come back after the close season and into pre-season on a bit more of a high point.

"The one thing we can't forget is that we won the FA Cup and nobody can ever take that away from us as a club."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
19 May 2013
Game week
38
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
The DW Stadium (Wigan)
Attendance
23001

Goals

0 - 1
5' D. Bent
 (assist by G. Agbonlahor)
E. Boyce 20'
(assist by R. Espinoza) 
1 - 1
N. Baker (OG) 45'+2  
2 - 1
2 - 2
60' R. Vlaar
 (assist by J. Bennett)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
22
4 60'
27
34 41'
32 45+2'
16
15
18
9 5'
11
26
Coach: P. Lambert

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11
20
44
1
9
28
27
# Player Bookings
24
21
38
1
8
10
31

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 11 +17 29
2 11 +18 25
3 11 +10 21
4 11 +5 18
5 11 +4 18
6 11 +6 17
7 11 +3 16
8 11 -2 16
9 11 -1 15
10 11 +2 14
11 11 -1 14
12 11 -2 14
13 11 -2 13
14 11 -7 12
15 11 -2 11
16 11 -11 11
17 11 -6 9
18 11 -7 9
19 11 -11 8
20 11 -13 7

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