McArthur takes heart from key win

Bottom-of-the-table Latics breathed new life into their survival

fight when left-back Maynor Figueroa smashed home a 92nd-minute

winner prior to the international break. Wigan are now within two

points of safety and host Tottenham on Saturday in good spirits.

“Everyone is so optimistic after the Birmingham win that we can

pull ourselves out of the relegation zone and survive in the

Premier League,” said the Scot. “That last-minute goal from Maynor

will hopefully set us up for the remainder of the season and in the

short-term put us on the right foot for Spurs this weekend. “We

want to stay in this league and we don’t feel as though we should

be in this position as a team, but if you don’t take your chances

you get punished and that’s what has happened at times. Now we need

to get ourselves out of this position which we’re confident of

doing.”