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McCarthy: Wigan must be more clinical

October 2, 2012
By Mike Whalley and Richard Jolly

A ruthless streak in front of goal is all Wigan need to carry them away from a Premier League relegation fight, according to James McCarthy.

Roberto Martinez's side are in 16th place, two points off the bottom of the table, after losing four of their opening six league matches. Their latest defeat came by a single goal at Sunderland last Saturday, with Steven Fletcher scoring the winner after Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez had been sent off.

Republic of Ireland international McCarthy came close to scoring twice in that game, seeing one shot saved by 'keeper Simon Mignolet and another go just wide, and the midfielder believes a change of fortune is not far away.

"We're obviously very frustrated at the moment," the 21-year-old told the Wigan Evening Post. "I thought we passed Sunderland off the pitch, even when we went down to ten men, and we just couldn't take our chances.

"Their goalkeeper made a few great saves but when you get into those positions you have to be taking some. I thought we deserved all three points for that display, but it wasn't to be."

Wigan face second-placed Everton at the DW Stadium on Saturday, their last game before a two-week international break.

"We can't afford to get too downbeat," McCarthy added. "We've got a massive game against Everton next week, which we need to be up for both on and off the field.

"The fans were brilliant again on Saturday - they're always brilliant to be honest. They give the team that extra something and hopefully they can get the place going on Saturday."