THERE’S NO TIME TO FEEL TIRED SAYS MCARTHUR

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WI­GAN do bat­tle with QPR to­mor­row in their 62nd match of a marathon sea­son – but mid­fielder James McArthur is pray­ing it won’t be their last.

FA Cup win­ners in 2013, the Lat­ics have com­bined a Cham­pi­onship play-off push with Europa League foot­ball and an­other run to the FA Cup semi-fi­nals.

And with the goals dry­ing up, it’s hard to deny the play­ers have looked tired in re­cent weeks.

But Scot­tish star McArthur, a near ever present at the heart of mid­field, says there is plenty in the tank for to­day’s show­down.

“No­body feels tired,” he said. “And per­son­ally, I’m en­joy­ing it. As a player, all you want to do is play games. And with so lit­tle time for train­ing that’s what we’ve do­ing so no­body is com­plain­ing.

“To be hon­est, we’ve been eas­ing off in train­ing since Christ­mas.You spend a lot of the days re­cov­er­ing. You’re play­ing, then you’re re­cov­er­ing, then get­ting your sharp­ness up. It’s a con­stant cy­cle and it has been hard. But we’re near the end and hope­fully all the work will pay off.”

McArthur is also hop­ing Wi­gan’s re­cent rep­u­ta­tion as gi­ant-killers – they have beaten Man City in each of the last two sea­sons – will help at Lof­tus Road, where QPR will start favourites.

“I do think the pres­sure will be on QPR, which will work for us,” he added. “We’ve done it time and again in Cup foot­ball when big­ger teams have been ex­pected to win and we’ve usu­ally been able to take ad­van­tage of that. We seem to en­joy the big games and it’s an­other one com­ing up.

“Our away form is good. Yes QPR beat us at their place, but we could have scored four or five on the day.We’ll be con­fi­dent.”

And if it goes to penal­ties? Af­ter all, it was shoot-out misses from Jack Col­li­son and Gary Cald­well in the semis against Ar­se­nal that cost the Lat­ics a shot at de­fend­ing the FA Cup.

“Ev­ery­one will be up for tak­ing one,” he added. “We don’t think about what went be­fore.”

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STAR SCOT: James McArthur BAT­TLING: Richard Dunne goes up for a header with James McArthur

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