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Wigan Athletic 1-1 Liverpool Vital Latics member centrelink1 gives us his thoughts on the team and ratings of the players:


Al Habsi - 6 : Didn't have much to do all match. Nothing he could do for the goal, but, though it didn't count, I think he could have done better with Kuyt's effort.

Stam - 7.5: Great game. Defended well, got into some really good, advanced positions and put in some killer balls.

Alcaraz - 6: Came out and broke up Liverpool's play on a few occasions, and looked composed when on the ball, but had himself a few iffy moments.

Caldwell - 7: Perhaps out-positioned for Torres goal, but he played a good game, was the better of our CB's, and was good in the air.

Figueroa - 6.5: A tough one to rate, because he was good going forward, and provided a lot of support down the left. He didn't once get beaten by Maxi, who was poor, but some average decisions late on and some suspect defensive play to allow crosses into the box too easily. Couldn't resist a long shot, which wasn't a bad one, but Reina may be a bit good for that.

Thomas -7.5: One of the best games I've seen him play. Made countless challenges and didn't give the ball away. Did his job to a tee, and well and truly earnt his place in the starting 11. Offered cover for defenders who had pushed up the field.

Diame - 7: Not quite as good as Thomas at breaking up play but some really clever bits of skill (first half on the left wing, or his shot which was well saved) earn him a good rating.

Cleverley - 7: Good, hard working, and composed. Was involved in a few good passages of play, without doing anything superb.

N'Zogbia - 8: Man of the match. Unlucky not to have scored, as Hugo probably didn't need to be offside. Brilliant trickery, great pace and a really good application from N'Zogbia.

Gomez - 6: Played a decent game without being superb. His distribution from dead ball scenarios was frustrating, but he looked composed on the ball, and even made a few challenges and forced a few throw-ins (One in particular with Kelly)

Rodallega - 7.5 : His control and touch were superb, and he took his goal well. He looked good on the ball and was involved in passing play well. Possibly at fault for being offside for N'Zogbia's disallowed goal. Pivotal to the team at the moment.

Subs: Didn't see enough of either.

TACTICS: A very different Wigan to that of recent weeks. Emphasis on getting into advanced positions and crossing into the box, generally low crosses along the ground. Perhaps we didn't have enough players committing forward, but it was a good tactical change. Wigan dominated midfield and were the better team. Gomez and Thomas are really, really coming about, and have now established themselves as starters (Thomas seemed to be losing this towards the end of last season).

The only question now is about whether we can keep this up.

Another note I'd like to add is that di Santo may struggle with leading the line, and Hugo seems to have that covered now.

by centrelink1

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 11 2010

Time: 11:24AM

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I agree with your ratings, but for me Thomas just shaded the man of the match so I'd have given him the highest mark, unspectacular but excellent, breaking up Liverpool attacks, also for their goal he'd taken a knock and was after some treatment, otherwise I think he'd have cut the through ball out
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11/11/2010 11:30:00

Hendry Thomas has really improved.
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11/11/2010 11:50:00

I agree with everything except Gomez. I'd have given him a 5.5 at the most. Before people think I'm one of the boo boys getting on his case let me say that I'm quite fond of Gomez and think on his day he's very good but yesterday was not his day. The best thing he did in the entire game was force Kelly out to win us a throw in. I thought he was lazy and the only player in our team who wasn't making challenges or chasing the ball down. I think if Moses had come on at half time instead of when he did then we'd have got a winner
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11/11/2010 18:42:00

Gomez is in the team as a creative midfielder. The idea is that Thomas, Thomas and McCarthy/Cleverley break up opposition attacks, the ball is then sprung to Gomez to create a counter and link up with the forwards or thread through a telling pass. If he is chasing back and tackling, he can't create a quick counter. However, didn't thnk it was one of his better games against an aggressive midfield.
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11/11/2010 21:40:00

I think Gomez is a must against the teams around us as he has an eye for a pass but against powerful midfields like Liverpool and Chelsea he can be overrun. Diamé has stepped up lately after a really wonky start to the season. His through ball to Rodallega was brilliant and his dribbling skills are as good or better than Palacios'.
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11/11/2010 22:20:00


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