Rob's View: Wigan Vs Blackpool
Before the game even begun, I had suggested a 2-1 loss to Blackpool. I never expected in a million years that Wigan would lose 4-0 to Blackpool and to make matters worse, we have to play Chelsea at home next week and I can't honestly see an improvement being made.
Nevertheless back to the game in hand. Blackpool raced out of the traps at the D.W. Stadium and by the end of the half, were deservedly 3-0 up. I watched the game news filter through on Soccer Saturday and I was in shock. I did expect a fight from Blackpool, though, but nobody could've seen a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Blackpool. If we can be defeated 4-0, that doesn't suggest a calm season ahead for us.
At the end of it all, I felt angry, embarrassed and wondered why Dave Whelan hasn't reacted in getting rid of Roberto Martinez. Its a decidedly mixed view on getting rid of Martinez but I suspect that this performance today against the new boys could have such far reaching consequences for the club that it might be the start of a sinking ship and next week's game is not going to improve the mood in the camp one single bit. If anything, I can only see one result and it could be another painful day, yet there could be the reverse and we put in a good display.
Nevertheless, without Charles N'Zogbia and Victor Moses, who are we going to use as wingers, considering Moses' injury could be serious and that he might be out for a number of weeks? Of course, that's only speculation. However, we do need to replace N'Zogbia and hopefully we can get Tuncay in. Nevertheless, we need to get some new players in and fast.
In all this though, is it too late to save Wigan now? Some might see the defeat to Blackpool as a first day blip, but the consequences as I mentioned earlier could be so far-reaching, especially as many would've classed Blackpool as a relegation candidate - I could understand if Blackpool had put in a performance where they had triumphed 1-0, but to lose 4-0 leaves so many concerns amongst the loyal fans that it remains to be seen if the fans will actually tolerate such abject performances and be managed by a man who quite simply doesn't really have the knowledge required to manage Wigan effectively - he's a legend, no doubt, but legends don't always produce results.
Right now, though, its really up to Dave Whelan whether or not to keep Roberto, but something needs to be done. Lets hope the poor Wigan turned up today and that we can put in a more respected performance against Chelsea.
I fear we might be the Derby team of the season and finish poorly and that we could be relegated sooner rather than later could be a very stark possibility.
Then again it was the first day and we could all be jumping the gun, but we've all been here before, one time too many and patience shall only be to a certain point for fans before they know, as will the board, when the time has come for the DW Stadium officials to take action.
Nevertheless, the dismal performance could be one which sinks the vessel that has been Wigan Athletic for the past five seasons and at the end of it all, it remains such a great shame to see a great club potentially staring into the quagmire.
In the end though, I shall always support the boys in blue and white and I'm sure that the pride will be restored, one way or another.