Date:Monday February 6 2012
Vital Latics member BobLoblaw gives us his low down on the 1-1 draw with Everton at the weekend, over to you BobLoblaw:
We nearly did that thing this weekend. You know, that thing that happens! You do! It happens at the end of the game when you`ve scored more football goals than the other team. I can`t remember what it`s called. You get awarded something as well, I think you get three of them. Anyway, I wouldn`t say we would have deserved it to be honest. I think a draw was a fair result.
The conditions were awful. My scarf started the day draped gently around my neck, like I was modelling it for a Burberry photo shoot, come half-past-two it was wrapped round my face forty-seven times so I looked like Tutankhamun stumbling about the DW car park. I wish I`d left it covering my eyes for the next 2 hours but it was getting a tad sweaty.
The first-half was pretty even, Di Santo had the best chance of the half when he did really well to bring down a long ball on the edge of the area, with Howard rushing out, it fell onto his weaker left foot and he failed to get a clean strike. The second-half yielded more of the same, neither team looked likely to break the deadlock until a ball into the box from Beausejour hit the retreating Phil Neville and should have been heading straight into Howard`s arms but somehow he completely misread it and it found its way into the net. I`m not sure whether it hit a divot or not. Maybe lady luck, who had been out drinking all day, completely misread her script and it was meant to be 'Caldwell og` at the other end.
You know what, I didn`t cheer when it went in. Something has happened to me. At some point over the last 2 months, a group of Government agents, employed by the FA, broke into my house, kidnapped me and extracted the part of my cortex labelled 'footy`. I did clap, but it was as though I didn`t really care. Probably because I knew even though we were 1-0 up, we were still capable of conceding eight penalites. And we sort of did go to pieces as soon as we scored. Straight away Everton started to attack and soon enough, a cleared corner went out to Bainesy and he whipped one straight back in onto Anichebe`s noggin. I think Baines was encouraged by the Wigan fans in front of me who were cheering him when he came over for the corner. The same fans who had been booing our own player Gomez five minutes earlier.
We did have a great chance to make it 2-0 before Everton equalised. We broke away on the counter, but Moses, as usual, did the exact polar opposite of what he should have done. The whole action summed him up entirely. Had two chances to play someone in on goal, but tried to dribble past three defenders and score himself. The amount of time`s he has done that or something similar this season is ridiculous.
So in the end I think a draw was a fair result. Nobody in particular stood out nor did anyone really have a bad game.
Bolton up next. The seventeenth must win game of the season. Win! That`s what I was thinking of.
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Date:Monday February 6 2012
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