McCarthy message to axed stars

BY foxsports • November 21, 2011

Manager Roberto Martinez made five changes for Saturday's 3-3 draw at home to Blackburn with striker Hugo Rodallega, the Latics' all-time Premier League top scorer, the most high-profile casualty having failed to score this season. The bold move almost paid off but Wigan were denied their first victory after eight straight defeats by an added time penalty. McCarthy, who played the whole match, admits with the club bottom of the Premier League no-one's place is guaranteed. "It is a squad game and the gaffer makes changes and to have to take it on the chin and hopefully, when you get a chance, try to stay in the team," he told Latics Player. The 21-year-old midfielder said not winning at the weekend was a devastating blow but that there was no time to feel sorry for themselves with a trip to Sunderland, only two points outside the relegation zone, next up. "I thought we were a different class on Saturday so it is frustrating," he added. "There are a lot of games to go and although we are down we have to pick ourselves up to go to Sunderland. We have a massive away game away; to be honest every game from now to the end of the season is massive. We will go to Sunderland and give it our best shot. They will be fighting to get higher up the league as well."

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