As we head towards the weekend’s game against Sunderland, a forecast of freezing temperatures and possible snow aren’t enough to deter James McCarthy, who is determined to help the fans keep warm with a positive result.
The 22-year-old said:
“We’ll be going out against Sunderland and doing our best to win no matter what the playing conditions, especially with us being at home.
“It’s going to be cold for our supporters in the stands so I would advise them to wrap up warm but, we’ll be looking to keep them warm too by giving them that good feeling of a victory and getting them out of their seats.
“The weather conditions at this time of year always make it difficult for the football schedule because it’s so cold.
“For the players it is obviously cold on your body and you have to adapt to that by training in those conditions during the week.”
“With the chance of snow it means the pitch needs a lot of work.
“I’m sure the grounds men will keep the pitch in top shape as they have done all season and do their best to make it playable if we do get lots of snow.
“They’re not great conditions to prepare in but it is the same for both teams and therefore neither team gets an advantage.”
McCarthy also said that Latics will have to be on top of their game to turn around the 1-0 defeat they suffered at the Stadium of Light at the end of September 2012.
“At the Stadium of Light earlier in the season I thought we did everything we needed to apart from scoring.
“We were really unlucky up there with the sending off which changed the momentum of the game and we’ll be looking to put that right on Saturday.
“Sunderland are a good side and they’ve been gaining a bit of momentum recently so it is going to be tough for us.
“We need to kick on from the positive result against Fulham last weekend but all of us have to be more clinical in front of goal to start turning single points into three points.
McCarthy finished by praising his team mates who travelled down to the south coast to send Latics through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, and said it has been a big boost to energy levels.
“The result is brilliant for the lads who played and for the group because we’re through to the next round of the cup.
“Morale in the dressing room is great after the win because everybody loves that winning feeling and as a group we thrive off that.
“The lads did excellently to go so far to Bournemouth in freezing cold conditions and they were up against a side that were aiming to be their all-time unbeaten record as well.”