Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday August 25 2011
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, lets take a look at what they wrote:
In Need Of More Width
Another game, another draw. At this rate we`ll have to hope that 38 points will be enough to stay up this season. I`m joking of course, as usual we`ve looked much better than performances suggest - Wigan were two posts, a crossbar and a missed penalty away from topping the league going into this weekend. Having said that, you have to hope that those four dropped points don`t cost us in May. On a positive note, Jordi Gomez is starting to show why Martinez brought him to the club, drifting around the forward line looking threatening. The only problem with this is the lack of width this causes, perhaps tempering our attacking intentions. I don`t doubt that this will be a position that the management team will be looking to strengthen, given we have lost a quarter of last season`s goals in the window so far.
Looking ahead, the next seven days could well define the season. In that time we will have our squad finalised for the next four months, and face the final (and possibly weakest) of the promoted sides. Given that the next three games pit us against three of the better sides in the league you would have to imagine that a home game against QPR has to be earmarked for three points. QPR were dreadful against Bolton, but followed that up with a gritty win over Everton, and with new owners and a manager with a point to prove they will be a threat. Hopefully by next week we`ll all be celebrating a well-deserved three points and a couple of exciting signings to set us up nicely for a top-10 challenge.
We Need Some Balance
The goalless draw with Swansea showed that we desperately need a quality wide man on the right side of the team to compliment Victor Moses on the left, and also to add some balance to what is looking a very lopsided formation. Saturday saw a stumbling first half performance that lacked rhythm, early season play is often patchy, but even so it is quite evident that all our attacking options are limited to down one side, at the moment it would appear to be a case of 'stop Victor Moses and you stop the Latics`.
Jordi Gomez started the game wide right but he soon started to drift in field, this not only left us with no width but also left Emmerson Boyce quite exposed to the runs of Scott Sinclair and Wayne Routledge. The injury to Antolin Alcaraz just before the break forced Martinez into a change and the attack minded defender Ronnie Stam was introduced, in the second half Stam started to get forward down the right flank and this at least gave the Latics another option as they became dominant with Swansea fading badly. Unfortunately two strikes against the woodwork and a missed penalty meant just one point and not the three.
Next up its QPR at the DW on Saturday, with the transfer window almost closed surely by the time the game comes around there has to be at least one new signing made, it`s got to be a player that can give us the width and balance that we are so badly lacking down that right side, someone with a bit of quality who can add to the attack.
The third 12th Man piece this week was written by Martin Tarbuck, who is one of the contributors over at This Northern Soul
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Date:Thursday August 25 2011
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