Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Wigan - The close of an eventful season.

Wigan - The close of an eventful season.

Another season in the rollercoaster world of Wigan Athletic draws to a close. A season that saw us hit the top of the table after four matches, then go on a run of defeats which sent us plummeting to next to bottom only one place above Derby and resulted in the sacking of Chris Hutchins and the re-appointment of Steve Bruce.

Bruce managed to turn the club around securing 32 points to take us to 40 points and fourteenth place in the Premier League and giving us mid table safety and renewed optimism for next season.

What of the players, how have they performed this season?

Chris Kirkland…8.5

Players player of the year, only missed one game through injury and has been called up into the England squad twice this season.

Pulled off some superb saves this season and his re-signing for another four years is a major fillip for the team.

Mario Melchiot…8.5

Captain Fantastic, not only the most skilful right back in the Premier League but a natural leader.

Whatever fans think of Chris Hutchins he managed to convince Mario to sign for us and for that he should have our eternal thanks.

Kevin Kilbane…7

Totally dependable, gave 100% in every game which was recognised by the fans when voting him into the top three in the Player of the Year awards.

His age and lack of pace go against him but one of the nice guys in the Prem.

Titus Bramble…6.5

Unfairly maligned in my opinion. Made two mistakes all season and was absolutely pilloried for them. Many other players made far more mistakes but were not given such negative publicity.

Titus came back in near the end of the season and showed he has the temperament and class to be a force to reckon with in the Prem.

Paul Scharner…8.5

Went from pantomime villain with his comments re Hutchins on his website to superhero with his performances under Steve Bruce.

Fans player of the season, a total one off, hopefully he will sign a contract extension.

Ryan Taylor…6.5

Nice guy, good at set pieces with a powerful shot but I`m not convinced he has the pace or skill to make it in the Premier League.

Antonio Valencia…8

The most skilful outlet in the team. Has the potential to become a top player in the world but needs to shoot more often.

Wilson Palacios…8.5

What a revelation. Came from nowhere(well Birmingham but you know what I mean) skilful and tenacious, can`t wait for the celebration when he scores a goal.

The number of Honduran flags on view at the JJB at the end of the season show what the fans think of him.

Michael Brown…8

I`m glad he plays for us as I would hate him if he plays for anyone else.

Koumas…5

A disappointment, has so much skill which he displays for Wales but for us….

Heskey…6.5

Struggled for fitness all season and lack of support from a credible striking partner.

Bent…6

Wasteful in front of goal and I`m not convinced he is the answer for the striker problems.

Marlon King…5.5

Doesn`t look a Premier League player to me

Emerson Boyce…7.5

Disappeared without trace but came back with a vengeance. The understated hero of the team.

Erik Edman…7

Fitted right in which coincided with a run of clean sheets. A horrendous injury.


Andreas Granqvist…5.5

Too slow for the Premier League

Antoine Siberski…6.5

Scored some crucial goals none more so than Derby away but age and fitness are against him playing more than a bit part in proceedings.

Josip Skoko…6

Never let us down. Goes with our best wishes

Julius Agahahowa…4

No comment needed

Salomen Olembe…4

See Agahahowa


Maynor Figueroa…6.5

Didn`t let Ronaldo get away from him on his debut. Definitely one we need to sign.

Mike Pollitt…6

Did well in his one start for the first team. A true professional.

All in all another season which tested blood pressure medication to its limits. With the nucleus of the team we have the grounds for confidence for the future are there.

By baskerville

Vital Latics


We are a Latics fans site run by the fans for the fans, what are you waiting for sign up and join in

It`s free, quick and carries no obligation whatsoever.

Have your say on the Latics Speyk forum

Participate in the polls and the Vital Fantasy League

It's easy to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved

Click here for the Latics Speyk forum

Writer:baskerville
Date:Friday May 30 2008
Time: 10:09AM

Comments

0
Good report agree with most things but I I think Marlon King will come good
worbo
30/05/2008 10:15:00
0
Good report, especially on Heskey. He is a big figure in our team, but fitness lets him down. Agree on Bent, not what we need. I still think Ryan Taylor will be a big asset for Wigan.
LaticsHeart
30/05/2008 10:36:00
0
Yup spot on, but also think RyanT is premiership quality, just needs like Scharner to realise his strengths.
yams
30/05/2008 12:04:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Audio - Warren Joyce On Another Home Defeat Without A Goal

Latics manager Warren Joyce speaking to the media following the 0-1 home defeat to Derby County

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Derby County

All the stats from Wigan Athletic (0) vs (1) Derby County, DW Stadium, 03/12/16 3pm Att: 12,526

The Team Sheets - Wigan Athletic v Derby County

The team sheets have been handed in at the DW Stadium:

Latics v Derby - Big Game Preview

Latics face a resurgent Derby County this afternoon at the DW Stadium, the Rams have moved up to 9th in the table following a shaky start to the campaign, under Steve McClaren they have found form and

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Profile
Adam Convery
no email
Profile
Frank Ford
no email
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Derby
Suggested By: Craig Davies
Jussi Jaaskelainen4%
Luke Garbutt0%
Jake Buxton24%
Craig Morgan4%
Stephen Warnock4%
Shaun MacDonald0%
David Perkins52%
Max Power8%
Jordi Gomez0%
Michael Jacobs4%
Yanic Wildschut0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Thorpyness46
2.Get a Grip!40
3.Whittleblue37
4.BrickLatic31
5.Moonay28
6.Ihaventaclue24
7.hindleymonwafc20
8.scotdave19
9.Barry W17
10.nottinghamlatic14
Vital Football Comment