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Robin's Response

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.




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Writer: Robin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 26 2008

Time: 8:12PM

Your Comments

Things will look brighter given time. Just a bad patch, that's all.
robin
We were very weak down our right today and thats an area where we are usually strong, I just hope that I never see DeRidder in a Latics kit again...he is awful
worbo
Just a sunday to forget and move on. We've got some decent results already, one against City (can't see any of our rivals getting one over on City with their talent), away at Hull (their only blip so far this season) and two good points against Spurs and Sunderland - points which may ultimately prove to keep us up and I think we'll stay up. Bruce will sort it out, hopefully.
robin
Whelan will not sack Bruce even if we go on a bad run. He deserves lots of time to turn thing around.
number6
The Bruce issue is a tough one, number6. He's a good manager but is he EPL material? Its a question which makes me wonder. He seems to start off well and then it all seems to fall apart. Look at Brum. He kept them up, following season relegation. Sorry to put the dapmener on it. That said, there's nothing at all to suggest relegation at the moment. I think we'll come good and other teams will get sucked into it rather than us (I hope).
robin
As a villa fan who was there today I have to say that I expected a far tougher game. The general view amongst Villa fans before kick-off was it would be close, maybe the odd goal in 3 to either side. I think Laursen had Zaki in his pocket today and Wigan never really threatened as a result of that.
jonah
We dont want to be getting rid of Bruce, who will we bring in? What we need is a squad with more depth and more quality that is down to Mr Whelan to spend some cash
worbo
It's far too soon to be talking about giving Bruce his marching orders. He's already proven that he can coach the side well, earn the players' respect and get hold of gems like Zaki and Palacios. Maybe his downfall is building a strong starting eleven rather than a strong squad.
paul41
I've been giving this whole thing real thought and I'm undecided - you can't ship 4 goals at home without there something being wrong. We've shipped 8 goals in three games. Terrible form for me. It needs improving but to be fair we were unlucky in the first two games and we got hammered by Villa who undoubtedly deserved their win. I fear for the future of our EPL status but at the same time, given time, things will get better. Bruce is a good manager but is he EPL material? Hmmm...
robin
 

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