Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

What The Bosses Say - Latics v Villa

What The Bosses Say - Latics v Villa

Ahead of the Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa clash at the DW Stadium on Saturday, Latics boss Roberto Martinez and Villa assistant boss Gary McAllister have spoken about the game, let`s see what the have had to say about the upcoming fixture:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'Training has gone very well this week, the weather has allowed us to use the training ground and the players are in a great moment both mentally and physically, excited about the fixture we have coming up.

'From our entire squad we could be without eight players for Saturday, which is a big number.

'The injuries and suspensions we have picked up put us in a difficult situation but to be honest it's been handled as a challenge to the rest of the squad who are desperate to get on the pitch and show what they can do.'

Speaking on Villa Martinez continues:

'I don't think you can look too much into the recent performances of Aston Villa, and certainly not into the negative press they've received lately'

'What is clear is that Gerard Houllier is a Manager with huge experience and with any new project things are going to take time to get them just how you want them.

'When you look at the position Villa find themselves in it's not a realistic one and I've no doubt they'll be in the top-ten come the end of the season.

'They have players who'll demand concentration from our defence, players like Stewart Downing, Marc Albrighton. Ashley Young and as we all know Emile Heskey, all of whom bring a real goal threat.

'But for us we're playing at home and as always we'll look to take responsibility, continuing the good football we're playing at the moment.'

Villa assistant Gary McAllister:

'We cannot look any further than Wigan at present.

'We won't go there to defend and try and nick a point, we'll be going there to win. Wigan play an open game so it should be a good match.

'No disrespect to Wigan but it is not a footballing area. It is most definitely a rugby league area and Dave Whelan has done an amazing job to build that club to where it is.

'There has been big investment and all credit to the guy. They have done well to get to the Premier League.

'Roberto plays in a certain way. All the teams he's managed all try to get the ball down and pass it and it won't be any different against us. We're aware of that.

'I think they're very good in possession and they've got some dangerous players who we'll speak about before we go up there but we've got to be concentrating on what we're doing.

'We'll give them the respect that they deserve but we've got to try and get some sort of little run going.'

Rugby League? Come on Gazza cut it out

Join The Vital Debate

Bookmark and Share

Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site

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

Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Friday December 17 2010
Time: 11:39AM


Looking forward to a good game and hopefully three points, c'mon the Latics!!!
17/12/2010 11:44:00
villa got lucky against west brom, lets hope we play the villa side who turned up at liverpool.
17/12/2010 15:32:00
But he's right about Rugby League surely? Why else then is the DW half empty to the likes of Man United, Chelsea etc? Why don't the Wigan fans all congregate in the home end behind the goal and make it intimidating like most grounds?
Stephen Jay Hawkings
17/12/2010 21:37:00
The DW Stadium is never normally full for the rugby though.
18/12/2010 00:05:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

It's Friday - PWU Latics Podcast - Brighton Preview

Friday afternoon is the perfect time to grab a brew, a chocolate Hobnob, or Jacobs Fig Roll settle down, turn the volume up and soak up the very latest PWU Latics Podcast

Shaun MacDonald Voted Vital Latics Man Of The Match v Leeds

Shaun MacDonald has been voted the Vital Latics man of the match for his performance and no doubt his last gasp equalising goal away at Leeds on Tuesday

12th Man - The Win Would Bring A Mood Changer

A week in football, as the saying goes, is a long time, the mood of supporters can swing dramatically over this period, go back seven days and we had three games on the horizon

Any Previous? - Latics v Brighton and Hove Albion

Latics face Brighton at the DW Stadium on Saturday, down the years the two clubs have met a total of 14 times and things are pretty even.

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Adam Convery
no email
Frank Ford
no email
Noel Wards Leg
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Big Game Winners On Saturday?
Suggested By: Jimmy Melia
Brighton and Hobe Albion35%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 13 9 1 3 28 16
2 Norwich 13 8 3 2 27 8
3 Brighton 13 7 4 2 25 8
4 Huddersfield 13 8 1 4 25 3
5 Birmingham 13 6 5 2 23 5
6 Sheff Wed 13 6 3 4 21 0
7 Bristol City 13 6 2 5 20 5
8 Brentford 13 5 4 4 19 7
9 Q.P.R. 13 5 4 4 19 -2
10 Reading 13 5 4 4 19 -4
11 Fulham 13 4 6 3 18 -1
12 Ipswich 13 4 5 4 17 1
13 Preston 13 5 2 6 17 0
14 Leeds Utd 13 5 2 6 17 -2
15 Barnsley 13 5 1 7 16 1
16 Wolves 13 4 4 5 16 0
17 Forest 13 4 3 6 15 -2
18 Aston Villa 13 2 8 3 14 -1
19 Burton 13 3 5 5 14 -2
20 Derby County 13 3 5 5 14 -3
21 Blackburn 13 3 3 7 12 -7
22 Cardiff 13 3 3 7 12 -10
23 Wigan 13 2 5 6 11 -2
24 Rotherham 13 1 3 9 6 -18
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 28 2016 7:45PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.Get a Grip!154
5.Barry W80
6.jeffs right64
The Vital Football Members League