Date:Sunday October 26 2008
Wigan lost badly to a Villa side in form. They have hardly put a single step wrong away from home and it must be said they've inflicted damaging results like this before against sides with quality players, like ours, so from that respect its not too disheartening but to lose four anyhow is really disappointing and we've had disappointment over the last month from results in games we should've got something from.
I sympathise with all Wigan fans and say that although we've had a bad last month, we can bounce back. I didn't at all expect such a thumping defeat from Aston Villa. I did expect them to triumph today because of their solid away form but not to such a devastating defecit.
Admittedly I do get tense when hearing for Wigan's results but by no stretch of the imagination is this over.
What I will say is that if this type of form continues, Steve Bruce I do think will lose his job because Whelan is a shrewd businessman and he will want to keep Wigan in the league and I do think he'll act sooner rather than later.
We didn't have our best players today because Melchiot was ill and Valencia was suspended - a factor which added to the defeat, no doubt, but the thing I would say more than anything is get the defence sorted out and play Scharner along Boyce with Melchiot at right back and Figueroa at Left Back. I think we need Edman back at left back because he was sensational before his unfortunate injury.
Figueroa, although a decent player, is now beginning to raise questions about his capability to play at this level and Kapo and De Ridder were not at their best and this seems to be an ongoing thing at the moment with Kapo but I'll have to give De Ridder more time to assess if he is EPL material.
Results like this, if they continue, will warrant a major overhaul come January and this will mean shoring up the defence and adding some more talent as well, in midfield certainly where we are short of goals and perhaps replacing Heskey with another striker, who is capable of goals. Not saying Heskey isn't good but he's getting on now.
If the form continues, it would be worrying but even if the worst came to the worst, the championship wouldn't be the end of the world and I'm still undecided as to whether we should keep ahold of Steve Bruce in the long term. We would've made a considerable chunk of money from our time in the league and that may aid us in our plight should we end up back in the championship. Add to that the support of Mr Whelan which we would need and I think in the long term we'll be OK but there will be more hardships rather than successes to come.
From a personal point of view, I don't think we will go down as there are teams who are already looking a bit rocky - Stoke, Bolton and West Brom. I do believe our form will flourish soon enough and at the moment, its three defeats, not eight or nine and even after those eight or nine defeats in our second season, we had another similar run after a fairly decent patch that same season so the alarm bells most certainly can stay unrung for now. Bad day at the office, but no immediate need for panic.
In finishing, I will say, its been a disappointing time, but I have faith and we'll bounce back and we'll be OK. The tables shall turn.
Date:Sunday October 26 2008
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