Wigan Athletic - 12th Man - 15/03/12
This week's 12th Man Page in the Wigan Evening Post features two contributions from Vital Latics
Latics Were Unfortunate
More of the same please.
If only we had played with the same fluidity and drive consistently all this season that we showed at Norwich on Sunday then we surely wouldn't be in our current predicament.
Following last weeks quizzical team selection both Moses and Rodallega got a start this time out, but Diame was still resigned to the bench, that trip to Africa really did take it out of the Senegal international.
The changes though seemed to work as a very good team performance saw the Latics come from a goal behind to dominate the game, Wes Hoolahan's early strike was against the run of play and under normal circumstances the Latics would have succumbed, but they showed some great resolve, dusted themselves down and got back on task. There was only one team playing the football and when Victor Moses latched on to a sublime through ball from Shaun Maloney, rounded the keeper and slid the ball home it looked likely that we'd go on and win the game, we can count ourselves very unfortunate not to have taken all three points, substitute Momo Diame missing a great chance late on.
Special mention must go to Shaun Maloney, his introduction on 56 minutes added a new dimension to the Latics attack, they looked more lively going forward and the former Celtic man must have given Martinez food for thought ahead of this weekend's fixture against West Brom
So we face yet another must win game, the Baggies arrive at the DW Stadium on the back of a defeat against Manchester United, though their recent form has been quite good, knocking five past Wolves and four past Sunderland in recent weeks. Due to this weekend's fixtures a win on Saturday will see us climb out of the drop zone, that would add pressure to those down there with us, surely we can't let this opportunity pass by, surely?
Time to demonstrate
On Sunday I was full of nerves, as again we could have been cut adrift in the relegation battle. As a result of the nervous energy, I tidied the garden, cleaned the car, washed the windows, all in the name of trying to remain calm. I shouldn't have worried though. Once again, as against Blackpool, West Ham, and Bolton a few weeks ago, when push comes to shove and we could give up, we've pulled another rabbit out of the hat and delivered the requisite response.
The squads mentality to deliver when we're up against it most is going to save us provided the hat doesn`t run out of rabbits. I remain convinced that this attitude will see us pick up points from the big boys during the run in. Not taking 3 points from the games like Sundays against Norwich was described, is something we can cope with. There is only one team that can cause Latics to be relegated this season, and that is ourselves.
Other teams know that like Manchester United at the other end of the table, so long as we're in the hunt, we`ll deliver what is required when it's most important. This will scare teams around us.
Of course I would like us to have played to our potential more often than we have, and be nicely placed in mid table instead of in the dogfight. I would like the frustration of the season to not have existed, but it has.
Our current league position has moved some supporters to stage a demonstration at the DW this Saturday. This is not a Blackburn style demonstration, where we blame everybody else, and make the teams job even harder. This is a Wigan demonstration where we as supporters do as much as we can to help the team do their jobs. There are a number of fans planning on getting to the stadium at 12:15 on Saturday to give the players and manager a rousing welcome, we will show them that we care, we are behind them and that we are willing to do our bit to help rouse them into a storming performance. Who knows we may even be able to inspire them to score a few goals. We have fans that are willing to give it everything and are asking the squad to do the same.
We have a squad that has continually delivered when it matters most. Aside from the opening day optimism, this is the best part of the season.
Latics and Proud
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