Date:Saturday May 21 2011
Vital Latics member Phil Blinston, better known on the Latics Speyk forum as WN1, gives us his thoughts on Sunday's game at Stoke and why we are staying up, over to you WN1:
We are staying up on 'Survival Sunday`
Reasons:- Wells there's a few.
First of all, it goes without saying we need a win from this forth coming game more than Stoke. Many failed punters had us down in January. They are only guessing after all. Most don't have a clue about the Latics mentality. On survival Sunday, some think we shall only manage a draw. We have listened to the drivel of Mark Lawrenson and co, all season long, (this man had West Ham cruising in the first half, because they scored twice against the run of play) to be honest, I'd sooner put more faith in a goat. Ignore them and go with your real instincts, what`s inside. I can see is Wigan taking Stoke down in the game, believe me, it's going to be a smashing time at the Potteries. We will go for the win, nothing less would be the right thing to do.
Our work rate last Sunday was outstanding, and we'll need to produce this one more time. Not hard is it!! I'm sure we won't start the game gung-ho, Martinez will get the balance just right. I'm sure he doesn't need to heavily overstate to our players how important this game is, as undue pressure would only make it counterproductive. Ali Al Habsi thinks it's one of the most important games in our history, and I'm sure he and all our players will give it their all on Sunday, and we can't ask any more.
Last Sunday, our movement and passing was sublime. We worked hard, and we also tracked back, and defended like troopers. A fantastic team performance. Sure West Ham could have scored more goals, and to be fair, they had a go. We pressured West Ham into making mistakes, we out played them, and took away their belief. There was only going to be one winner once we'd equalized. Latics worked extremely hard, got what they deserved in the end.
We all know how physical Stoke can be and their boss Tony Pulis isn`t going to make it easy for us. Stoke are good from set pieces, and we have defended set pieces poorly at times. Pulis has made remarkable progress with Stoke the past few seasons and their own achievements cannot be taken lightly. We need to be cautious about Stoke, but not overly so, because we are a better footballing side and now we can finish in style!!
I want to see Connor Sammon make a start. He's earned the right in my opinion. He's a big strong lad, and scared the hell out of the West Ham defence every time he got the ball. He's a real striker, very direct going forward, has belief and I'll make bets he scores for us again on Sunday, however, l'm happy with whoever Martinez decides to select.
1400 tickets sold out in 3 hours the other week, before the West Ham game, which told its own story, it tells you what is in the hearts and minds of those fans who got tickets, and those who attempted to get tickets. But for the powers that be, we could have sold treble that amount. No matter where our fans are, I am sure they will all be behind Latics in spirit and we will stay up and be in Premier League next season.
C`mon the Blues.
We are staying up!
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Latics and Proud
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Date:Saturday May 21 2011
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