McCarthy ready for Blackpool crunch
James McCarthy says Saturday's trip to Blackpool is their "biggest game of the season" and will be significant in the battle to beat the drop.
Latics are currently bottom of the Premier League and two points from safety, with the Seasiders just one place above the bottom three.
They face each other at Bloomfield Road at the weekend knowing a victory could have a major say in their survival hopes.
"You can't put into words how big this weekend's match against Blackpool is going to be, what a game that's going to be," said McCarthy, whose side lost 1-0 at Chelsea at the weekend.
"Our preparation over the last few weeks has served us well and got us into a great frame of mind come game time and we know that come Saturday we'll be able to give Blackpool a real game."
McCarthy told Latics Player: "What we do need to find is that little bit of a cutting edge up front that at times we just lack.
"It showed at times against Chelsea and we need to get it back for the biggest game of the season."