Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Fulham v Wigan

Fulham v Wigan

This is an injustice. Wigan have only accumlalated 8 points. They deserved to beat Middlesbrough, they deserved to beat Liverpool and twice they got sucker punched and then they lost agonisingly to Aston Villa but that said, Villa deserved the win. Alarm bells are ringing all around the Latics faithful. Is this the start of an unassailable slide?

Why not take a leaf out of Rabeem's book and look for the positives - we were without Valencia and Melchiot which cut our team right down and this might encourage Bruce to add more depth in problem areas. That said, to lose 4-0 was still a bit flattering despite the deserved Villa victory. Although extremely painful to watch such a story unfold, the pain will ease in time and that's what the Latics will be hoping to do at Craven Cottage.

Latics are not on form of late and Fulham are on a high after a creditable point at Fratton Park. Fulham have improved since last season and Andy Johnson was an inspired signing - he will come good for Fulham in time. He's eager to get off the mark for Fulham.

Focusing on the Latics, they welcome back a couple of players whose absence showed during the Sunday defeat. Valencia and Melchiot should hopefully be okay to return to the starting line-up as long as Melchiot has overcome his illness. Melchiot and Valencia will strengthen the right hand side and the Fulham defence need to watch these two as they can be deadly if in the right frame of mind.

There is one thing I know for the game. Its a game Wigan need to try and salvage something from - every time I've said this I've caused a jinx so maybe its third time lucky for once. Wigan have a decent record at Fulham so they could scrape a draw or maybe even a win. A win would make my evening if that happened, justice for all the points we should've mustered from the Boro and Liverpool games.

Admittedly, this isn't going to be at all plain sailing - its going to be a tough, physical game with cards aplenty but I think that as Fulham are at home and know how critical this game is, that they will win this game narrowly, by the odd goal, mind.

The slide will continue for Latics at Fratton Park before they have a real six pointer against Stoke. It pains me to be talking about this after such a promising start but things, I hope, will get better and I'm confident they will.

ROB'S PREDICTION

Fulham 2 Wigan 1

This is going to be a very physical, card happy and intense game. Fulham know they need to win and they'll be on a high after a good point at Fratton Park. As for the Latics, they'll be on a low and might leave themselves open to a Fulham barrage.

ROB'S FINAL THOUGHTS

If Wigan keep on like this, we might as well toast a return to the Championship. The league is not disrespectable by any stretch of the imagination but I think its also too early to say if its going to end up like this. Look at Bruce's reputation and the alarm bells are already ringing. Can he pull off another masterstroke, though? I think he needs to have a good, long think over the coming weeks.

UP THE 'TICS!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Robin
Date:Monday October 27 2008
Time: 6:51PM

Comments

0
Fulham will carve out a narrow victory here.
robin
27/10/2008 18:53:00
0
I think we will win this one Rob, always do well down at Craven Cottage
worbo
27/10/2008 19:10:00
0
probably be another excellent performance but come away with nothing, just wigans luck tbh
pip287
27/10/2008 20:44:00
0
Wouldn't surprise me pip287.
robin
27/10/2008 20:55:00
0
it'll be a close game - could go either way!
merlin
27/10/2008 21:29:00
0
This is the sort of game Hodgson will be telling his team they must win. He is just after a fair survival. If you pie-eaters can be hungry enough you will take them. But you will need to want it more than they do.
Sindbad
27/10/2008 22:37:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Friday Afternoon Drive Time Latics Podcast Time

What could be finer than settling back on a Friday afternoon with a brew and a biscuit and listening to the ramblings of the PWU Latics podcast crew?

What The Bosses Say - Latics v Forest

In the build up to the game both bosses have been speaking to the media, let's take a look at what they have been saying:

12th Man - It's Now Or Never

Following our little run of form where we gained 11 points from a possible 21 the defeat at QPR on Tuesday somehow feels like a kick in the proverbials

Any Previous? - Latics v Nottingham Forest

Latics and Forest have only met 11 times competitively.

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)

Big Game Winners?
Suggested By: Archie Gemmill
Latics68%
Nottingham Forest16%
Draw16%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 32 20 4 8 64 8
4 Reading 33 18 6 9 60 5
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 33 17 7 9 58 10
7 Fulham 32 14 10 8 52 17
8 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 32 13 9 10 48 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Brentford 32 11 7 14 40 0
15 Q.P.R. 33 11 7 15 40 -10
16 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 33 9 8 16 35 -13
21 Bristol City 32 9 5 18 32 -6
22 Wigan 33 7 9 17 30 -10
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Get a Grip!252
2.king_dezeeuw06206
3.Whittleblue200
4.Moonay156
5.BrickLatic113
6.truelatic4eva113
7.hindleymonwafc110
8.scotdave94
9.Oscarbon93
10.Victor Moses ;)90
Write for Vital Football