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Arter: We can't even think about Wigan yet
TALISMANIC midfielder Harry Arter has warned Cherries they will be punished by the rampant Robins if their minds drift to the FA Cup.
Arter is set to start when Swindon Town visit Dean Court this afternoon for a potentially mouthwatering League One showdown (3pm).
The clash comes days ahead of Cherries’ eagerly anticipated FA Cup third round replay with Wigan in front of a sell-out home crowd.
But lucky charm Arter, who has yet to lose a league game this season, insists Cherries cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball.
“As you have seen in their past four games, they punished teams if they were not at it,” the 23-year-old told the Daily Echo.
“We have to make sure we have a good start. Training has been good this week and the lads have been on it.
“We are are looking forward to the Wigan game and to test yourself against Premier League teams is what everyone here wants to do but, first and foremost, we need to take care of our bread and butter. That is the league, so that is the most important thing.”
Cherries are 17 matches unbeaten but Paolo Di Canio’s promotion contenders have hit 16 goals without reply in four successive league wins.
Arter believes Cherries are ready to prove they are a team transformed since the 4-0 thumping they suffered at the County Ground in September.
He added: “I wasn’t at that game and I didn’t see it, but I saw the highlights and they battered us, so we owe them one.
“We are in a lot better shape and we are playing a lot better, so I am sure they will see a different team.”