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Wigan Athletic - The 12th Man

Wigan Athletic - The 12th Man




The Wigan Evening Post features a page every Wednesday dedicated to the Latics fans thoughts, The 12th Man, this week Vital Latics were privileged enough to have two guest writers, so with their permission here is what they wrote:

What's cooking at the DW.

Given Saturdays visitors to the DW have famous connections with the food business, what we served up can be compared to a typical northern breakfast. Nothing fancy, just a good solid hearty point to get you going for the season. No champagne and caviar, but worlds apart from the slightly sick hungover feeling we got at the same time last season and just enough to make you feel satisfied after the long summer starvation.

There were some very solid performances from the usual suspects, nobody had a bad game, but there was certainly room to improve. Those that shone above expectations most being Maynor Figueroa, Franco Di Santo and Victor Moses. Defence was pretty good, Maynor resisted all manner of testing down his flank, as well as getting forward. It was only when he got switched with Lopez, that they beat the man and got the cross in for their equaliser. Midfield was solid in the first half, and dropped off a bit in the second, before finishing strongly, with James McCarthy happily coming through, whilst putting in a shift alongside the other 2 lads.

Up front Franco played well and looked troublesome, but then there will be sterner tests for him over the course of the season. This is certainly the area where many feel we need to invest, and they could be right, as it's the area we look to have least cover, but when Hugo is rested and Callum McManaman returns from international duty, it might not look as lightweight as it does now.

We might not be able to buy the finest ingredients for our football club, but we have a man at the helm who knows the right recipe, and with a few tweaks, we should have a satisfying season.

Paul Thorp


We Just Couldn't Find The Answer

Waiting for the season to start is a bit like waiting for Christmas, and similar when it comes it leaves you with the same feelings, disappointment and frustration because neither quite live up to your expectations.

In the last two weeks I had the preseason buzz, reminiscing about that scintillating end to the season with all the drama of the West Ham and Stoke games really did have my appetite whetted for the Norwich game, we may have lost our catalyst in Charles N'Zogbia, but I believe what I am told and I was told that we only let players leave on our terms, when we get the fee that we want and when we have a replacement lined up to come in and take their place.

So the first part of the disappointment, no new signing.

In fairness the Latics didn't play badly against Norwich, they were most certainly there for the taking but we just couldn't finish them off, some of our passing in the final third was wayward and there were periods when we looked a little jaded, typical start of the season stuff, but we were the better team and that's where the other part of the disappointment comes in, last season we dropped far too many points drawing games that we should have coasted never mind won, Saturday was another example of this.

The frustrating part is that we had the chances, Di Santo, Moses, Sammon all should have done better with opportunities and Watson was unlucky with an effort that thundered back off the post, but it was the first game of the season, 37 more to come and you've got to keep it all in context, sure I'm disappointed and frustrated but we looked a class above Norwich, a little more fine tuning and a couple of additions to the squad as promised and we should be in for an okay season, I've still got my optimism.

Barry Worthington



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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday August 18 2011
Time: 9:59AM

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The 12th man indeed!
worbo
18/08/2011 10:07:00
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The 12th man indeed!
worbo
18/08/2011 10:07:00
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Fair enough - I'm not buying into all of this doom and gloom. We have a great squad and with one or two sensible signings we can compete in pretty much very game
MagicMartinez
18/08/2011 10:11:00
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Fair enough - I'm not buying into all of this doom and gloom. We have a great squad and with one or two sensible signings we can compete in pretty much very game
MagicMartinez
18/08/2011 10:11:00
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