After consecutive 2-2 draws at home against Doncaster Rovers and Middlesbrough, midfielder James McArthur believes Latics are very close to finding the right formula for a strong run of victories in the Championship.
The Scottish international said:
“We’re disappointed that we’ve not won our last two games.
“We’ve had numerous chances and conceded slack goals so as a team we need to do better.
“I think we’re really close to being a very good side and getting more positive results and that’s the aim going into Saturday’s game.
“It’s a long season which requires building momentum and a positive run when you can pick up lots of points and if we can do that then we’ll be there or thereabouts.”
Opponents on Saturday Nottingham Forest have built momentum themselves already on a four game unbeaten run in the Championship, but McArthur warns that Latics have faced in-form sides before and stopped them at the DW Stadium.
“Forest are obviously a good side and they’ve won a lot of games, including in extra time in the cup this week.
“They’ve got a very good squad and they’re on a run that I was talking about teams needing to get on to do well in this division.
“There have been a lot of teams who have been on good runs and have come to the DW Stadium and been stopped by us.”
In order to get the three points against Billy Davies’ men, McArthur added that the fighting spirit shown in Latics’ previous two games will be needed.
“We showed a strong mentality to bounce back on Saturday against Middlesbrough and it was the same against Doncaster last week.
“We know every game is a tough one, but you’re going to drop points during the season in this division and it’s more about how we bounce back.
“Coming from 2-0 down against Doncaster shows that we’ve got the characters that are never going to give up.
“We don’t like to be in those positions because we want to be ahead and win matches, but throughout the season we’re going to have games when we’re going to be behind and it’s all about reacting to those situations and making sure we put things right.
“We need to get three points on Saturday and if we do then five points out of the last nine isn’t too bad.”
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