Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday February 9 2012
This weeks 12th man page in the Wigan Evening Post has two contributions from Vital Latics:
A promising home debut from Jean Beausejour was probably the only bright spot of Saturday's draw with Everton, in what was truly a dull game. The Latics created openings but with stats of just two attempts on goal all afternoon it's strikingly obvious where the problems lie.
Everton are a well drilled team but they lack any real quality and with a bit more guile in and around their area we surely could have staked a claim for all three points. Moses broke shortly after our opening goal, with both Rodallega and especially Crusat in excellent supporting positions, the Latics youngster decided to carry the ball himself and ran straight into Distin, a chance to wrap the game up gone, inevitably Everton equalised late on with a great header from Anichebe, oh how I wish we had a player to attack the ball with such conviction as the Everton sub.
So onto what is a massive game this weekend, Bolton away, local derby and relegation scrap, we owe the Wanderers one for their smash and grab at the DW back in October, but whether we will get one over on our rivals from over the Aspull hill is another question altogether.
We don't seem capable of breaking teams down, our attacking play is very one dimensional at the moment, running with heads down and hoping for the best, not good enough for football at this level. Bolton can be physical and we don't cope too well with this aspect of games either, but if we can keep them out in the early stages then the home fans at the Reebok aren't renowned for their patience, whatever happens though it is important for the Latics fans to keep behind the team.
Saturday is also the day of the Walk4Emma, in support of the Emma Hoolin Appeal, what a fantastic response there`s been to this, initially I envisaged around 10 people walking from the DW to the Reebok before the game, the event has now grown to what could possibly be 500+, it promises to be a fantastic day and great pre-match build up event generating a fantastic atmosphere, there will be a performance by the Liberty Girls Brass Band from 10 am and the walk will commence at 10:30, pies and soup at the half-way staging point in New Springs Legion, before arriving at the Reebok around 1:30
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Was A Point Enough ?
On Saturday we either prolonged the agony, or began the fightback. At this stage it`s hard to tell whether a point was enough or not. The obvious answer is that we needed 3, but with 11 we just about stay in touch. I know some fans appear to have given up hope already and should we lose against Bolton, we start to look seriously out of touch. If we back the draw up with 3 points this weekend belief can start to spread and infect the future results positively. Whilst it could all go wrong this weekend, it is the very fact we are playing Bolton this weekend that should inspire the team. Here are the reasons why
The walk to the Reebok, in support of the Emma Hoolin appeal, demonstrates that there are better ways of spending your life than moaning about the football. I therefore urge everyone to be inspired by the event and inspired by the little girl that`s refusing to give up. Refuse to give up yourselves, remain positive whatever happens, because if you don't stay positive , you may as well give up.
As a team we absolutely need points, and if you look back in our recent history, when we`ve needed to deliver we have done so, outsiders are wary of writing us off, because they know Wigan Athletic always find a way. Get behind the team and help make it happen again.
The third and final reason to make sure you`re up for the game, it's against Bolton.
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Date:Thursday February 9 2012
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