James McArthur expressed his disappointment in Latics first half performance in the 3-2 defeat to Sunderland yesterday but believes the attitude from the second half can push the team on.
“We are going to need that fighting spirit from the second half of the game until the end of the season if we want to be successful,” said the 25-year-old.
“The first half wasn’t good enough from all of us and there was only one way to try and make that right and that was to go out in the second half and give the fans a show and try and get ourselves back into the game.
“From the front to the back we need to be better at stopping teams scoring because if we can do that and then still show the fighting spirit from the second half then we’ll be winning games regularly again.”
Latics fans were left frustrated as their team came close time after time in the second half and McArthur shared that frustration.
“We are unfortunate to hit the bar and the post and of course their keeper has made a few good saves.
“We can take positives but the main thing is to make sure that we don’t start like that in the first half of games again.
“It’s really frustrating that we couldn’t get a third goal but what’s more frustrating is that we’re giving away three goals and making it too easy for a team to go ahead.”
McArthur was quick to praise the impact of Latics' new boys Angelo Henriquez and Roger Espinoza and said:
"Roger came on and gave us a little extra bite in midfield which made everyone up their game more.
"He’s got fantastic energy and I think that put Sunderland on the back foot a bit.
"Angelo did brilliantly too and he was so clever in his movement for our second goal.
"He found the end of Shaun Maloney’s cross brilliantly but I think praise has to go to Shaun as well because in the second half he was superb."