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Latics Face Villa In Massive Game


Wigan Athletic take on Aston Villa tonight in a Premier League clash that carries massive importance to both clubs.

With Villa making the big money signing of Darren Bent suddenly they appear to be the darlings of the media who are now proclaiming that Houlliers men have turned the corner. But have they?

Sure they beat title contenders Manchester City at the weekend and it was that man Bent who marked his debut with the only goal of the game to earn Villa the points, by all accounts though, City should have strolled the game and the chink of light that victory gave to Villa is just that.

Wigan Athletic simply don`t win enough games, just four victories all season is the reason why Martinez finds his team in the bottom three. If the Latics are to preserve their Premier League status for a seventh season then they need to find victories from draws.

Games against Newcastle, Bolton, Stoke, Liverpool, Sunderland and Fulham have seen points dropped when the games simply needed 'killing off`. There lies another problem. 19 goals in 23 gamesis a very poor return and a major factor of Latics struggles at the moment.

Chances are created but not converted, maybe too much reliance is placed on the shoulders of Hugo Rodallega, the Colombian has 5 league goals so far this season but he is the only striker at the club to have scored in the league and this burden needs to be shared.

Mauro Boselli has been sent out on loan and Franco Di Santo has just returned from a lengthy injury lay-off. Maybe a dip into the transfer market is necessary.

In fairness to Martinez he has suffered from the loss of key players at crucial stages this season. James McCarthy was enjoying great form when he suffered ankle ligament damage back in early October, the young Scot`s absence has been a massive blow, his drive, energy and quality in the midfield simply not replaced by those who have come in to cover for him.

Add to McCarthy, Gary Caldwell, Di Santo, Boyce, Moses and Cleverley on long term sick leave, plus both Rodallega and N`Zogbia suffering three match suspensions at various stages, Latics squad simply doesn`t have the depth to cope.

This week news that McCarthy and Moses look set to follow Boyce and Di Santo in returning to the first team, but they will all need to find their form again quickly. The upcoming games against Villa, West Brom and Blackburn need to be won, nine points from these would catapult the Latics up the table and ease the pressure.

If relegation is to be avoided wins need to be achieved and tonight is a good time to start.


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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Tuesday January 25 2011
Time: 11:54AM

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I hope we can start a little winning run here tonight, 2-1 Latics
worbo
25/01/2011 11:59:00
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As a Villa fan I agree that it is a bit premature saying we have turned a corner after winning one game, 1-0. It will be close tonight especially as a Wigan win pulls us back into the mix
2fishinatank
25/01/2011 12:19:00
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''suddenly they appear to be the darlings of the media who are now proclaiming that Houlliers men have turned the corner. But have they?'' I agree 100%! The press are unbelievable, 1 week were sh#t, now were awesome. Tut Tut Tut, Good luck tonight guys, UTV.
Blitz
25/01/2011 13:41:00
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"by all accounts though, City should have strolled the game." Not really. We defended as a team and they had very few clear cut chances, lots of possession but they resorted from shooting from outside the box. It's true it is too early to say Villa have turned a corner but our boys seem to have galvanized after a period of uncertainty and you can bet they will be determined to get their first back to back win of the season. UTV! Good luck (but not tonight!!)
Adam Deuce
25/01/2011 14:22:00
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Our next 3 PL matches are all "winnable". Wouldn't 9 points from the 3 be nice (although not likely). That really would take the pressure off.
Stan_disher
25/01/2011 14:23:00
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3-0 villa tonight thanks for the points :D lol jks it gd eitger way as with wigan and villa u don not know wht u r gonna get. shud b a gd game, gd luck for the season, hope u and us void the drop
Avillian136
25/01/2011 16:27:00
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*it could go either way lol sorry im typing on me phone and its a bit f**cked up :/
Avillian136
25/01/2011 16:29:00
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