Writer: Andy Jackson
Date:Wednesday April 22 2009
Steve Bruce has given a rallying call to his Wigan Athletic side as they prepare for a rough and tumble run-in to the season.
With Latics having secured their survival in the Premier League, the optimistics in the town are already surfing the net for the latest bargain flights as they dream of European tours. With only Manchester United to play in the top half of the league, what appeared the impossible could indeed be possible for the Latics.
The cliché warns us of no easy games in this league, and has taken new meaning in this cutthroat campaign. With so many still scrapping for survival at the foot of the table, many will look at Wigan`s name in the fixture list as a must-win encounter. This is if they hope to experience a rematch with the Latics next year.
There are those questioning as to whether Wigan Athletic will have the fight and the desire needed to overcome physical heavyweights like Blackburn and Bolton - the next two games. Bruce is well aware of his opponents` direct and vivacious styles, yet remains assured that his players will have no issues with mustering the passion and aggression to come out on top in the prevailing derby games.
'We know what is coming against Blackburn and Bolton, we know what to expect from a Sam Allardyce side and a Gary Megson side.
'We have to stand up and be counted and I'm confident we will be - in the past that's never been a concern of mind here.
'We have players here who are prepared to stick their head in where it hurts, and they'll have to do that again in the next few matches.
'Blackburn will be a totally different kind of game than say Arsenal was - Arsenal want to play through you in a very technical way, but against Blackburn and then Bolton the week after, it's going to be a tin hats job.
'If we're not prepared to match them, we will come unstuck.
'This season we have beaten Blackburn and Bolton - we went to Bolton at Christmas, stuck our heads in, defended manfully and didn't get intimidated or bullied.
'These are the games where my centre-backs have to be prepared to get cut or take a bump on the head.
'We're going to get bumps and bruises over the next few weeks because we're playing sides who are fighting for their lives.'
Vital Latics - Bringing news
It's easy to join us at Vital Latics to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved
Date:Wednesday April 22 2009
Support Counts - Latics 1 Boro 1 (Sunday November 23 2014)
Stats: Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough (Saturday November 22 2014)
Latics v Boro Big Game Preview (Saturday November 22 2014)
12th Man - Has Whelan Made The Right Call? (Friday November 21 2014)
Premier Range End Sponsorship Deal With Latics (Thursday November 20 2014)
Brentford v Latics Fixture Time Change (Thursday November 20 2014)
PWU Latics Podcast - Times They Are A Changing (Wednesday November 19 2014)
Malky Mackay Appointed New Latics Boss (Wednesday November 19 2014)
Dave Whelan Confirms Mackay To Be Interviewed (Tuesday November 18 2014)
Have Your Say At The Latics (Tuesday November 18 2014)
|Bryson Strike Secures Win
» Derby County : 23/11/2014 21:26:00
» Derby County : 23/11/2014 21:23:00
|Video: AFCB v Ipswich
» Bournemouth : 23/11/2014 18:46:00
» Bolton : 23/11/2014 17:00:00
|Molineux Mauling For Wolves!!!
» Forest : 23/11/2014 16:34:00