Date:Thursday November 3 2011
This weeks Wigan Evening Post 12th Man page has two contributions from Vital Latics:
Sloppy Defending Costly
What do the Latics need to do to get a win?
A very good performance on Saturday saw a host of chances created against Fulham, but none could be taken and with two sloppy pieces of defending at the other end letting in the visitors for two goals, an eighth straight defeat left Martinez's side rock bottom of the Premier League.
There's been a marked improvement in terms of performance since the Bolton game, in truth it couldn't have got any worse, but goals win you games and at the moment there is a distinct lack of significant numbers in the 'for' column, just one goal in the last three games and seven in total in all competitions so far this season is, by anyone's standards, a poor return.
Something is missing in front of goal, whether its composure, sharpness or just plain goalscoring instinct, whatever it is needs sorting and quick.
The visit to Wolves on Sunday sees the Latics on the verge of equalling their worst ever run since becoming a Premier League side, the second season in the top flight under Paul Jewell saw us lose nine games on the trot (eight league, one FA cup), to emulate that run would further harm an already deflated confidence in the team, a scrappy draw, without being an ideal result, would at least buck the trend and give something to build on, this weekend is definitely a must not lose game.
Plenty Of Hope Still There For Martinez
On Saturday I went into the game with the attitude that we needed to walk away with 3 points, nothing else would do.
I walked out of the ground with us having gained no points and was thoroughly fed up with our league position.
We have lost seven games on the bounce, we are rock bottom and appear to be in danger of slipping away.
Why then am I not joining in with some fans in the castigation of the squad, manager and Chairman over our league position?
There are two reasons. Firstly the table means nothing for another seven months. Secondly is what I watched between the start and almost the end of Saturdays game. In between the first and final whistles, I was entertained by a Wigan side that played the better football, carved out the better chances and showed more determination than their opposition.
In short, if you look past the result, you see that we were the better team and deserved to come away with the points. I believe this to be a continuation from last week, and a demonstration that this team have realised they have what it takes to get out of the situation they have got themselves in.
These are no doubt the darkest hours of the Martinez reign, but they say the darkest hours come just before the dawn, and that in adversity you show your true colours. The playing squad have shown they are clearly up for the battle, this determination and belief is what saw us through last time and I therefore trust that it will again this time.
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
Date:Thursday November 3 2011
The PWU Latics Podcast Is Back (Thursday July 31 2014)
Their Name Is On Our Back - New Sponsors (Wednesday July 30 2014)
Walk4Tilly Still Going Ahead Despite Sky Switch (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Hopes And Fears For The Season Ahead (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Brentford Turn Down Latics Bid For Forshaw (Monday July 28 2014)
Latics Linked With Bid For Brentfords Adam Forshaw (Monday July 28 2014)
Emyr Huws Continues His Preseason With City (Monday July 28 2014)
Latics Put On Open Training Session For Fans (Sunday July 27 2014)
Lights Out - August 4th (Sunday July 27 2014)
Latics Suffer Defeat In First Game Of German Tour (Sunday July 27 2014)
|21. Sheff Wed||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Front page poll
» Blackpool : 31/07/2014 23:31:00
|Fantastic opportunity says newcomer
» Middlesbrough : 31/07/2014 21:49:00
|Boro set to sign winger
» Middlesbrough : 31/07/2014 21:41:00
|Boss not satisfied
» Middlesbrough : 31/07/2014 21:36:00
| Boro win again
» Middlesbrough : 31/07/2014 21:32:00