James McArthur has praised the recent performances of midfield partner James McCarthy, believing the Republic of Ireland international still has more to offer Latics.
McCarthy was again in sparkling form against Everton at the weekend, continuing his impressive start to the new season shortly before heading off to face Germany and the Faroe Islands in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers for Giovanni Trapattoni’s team.
McArthur said: “I felt he played his best game of the season at Sunderland a couple of weeks ago, and he fantastic again against Everton.
“He’s gone from strength to strength this season and having known him for a long time and through working with him every day, I think he’ll only get better.
“He’s got a big role for his country now too and hopefully like the rest of us he can impress for his national team and return injury-free for the next league match against Swansea City.”
Reflecting on the 2-2 draw with Everton at the DW Stadium on Saturday, McArthur expressed his disappointment at not being able to hang on to all three points having taken the lead twice in the game, saying:
“We were all really disappointed afterwards because we felt we had done enough to win the game; Everton put us under a lot of pressure in the second-half but we coped with it well until the penalty came late on.
“I thought we played some excellent football in the first-half, not only did we look hungry but we created Everton a lot of problems and scored two really good goals.
“The fans were excellent once again and we needed them heading into the game after the run we had been on in the league.
“We conceded an equaliser shortly after going ahead, but they lifted us and helped us to go and get another mid-way through the first-half.
“Shaun’s (Maloney) play was excellent for the first goal, he gave the defender a little step-over inside the area which is something we’ve all fell for in training.
“From there Arouna takes his goal very well and is there to set up Franco for the second, so I thought he had a good game out there as well.
“You could see we were all determined and hungry to get the win and although a point is important, winning is what we aim for so we’ll take the positives for now and look to go one better in the next match at Swansea after the break.”
To see the interview in full and hear what James had to say on his upcoming international duties for Scotland and some special guests who had come a long way to meet him and James McCarthy [click here].