The 12th Man - Wigan Athletic - 26/04/12
This weeks 12th Man page in the Wigan Evening Post features two contributions from Vital Latics:
Terrific Run Took Its Toll
Fulham looked to be a game too far as the efforts of the past six games caught up with the Latics. The fantastic run that hauled us out of the bottom three ended in dramatic fashion with Senderos heading home an 89th minute winner to leave Martinez and his gallant battlers with an empty feeling.
When Boycey put the Latics ahead in the 56th minute at Craven Cottage it appeared that we would continue with the recent form, unfortunately Fulham, who hadn't played since Easter Monday, had more energy in reserve and stepped up a gear, equalising within 90 seconds the West Londoners created more chances and eventually took all the points with their late winner.
No time for sulking though, Newcastle are in town on Saturday and what a game this promises to be, chasing a Champions League spot the 'Toon' are blazing a trail this season, their strike pair, Ba and Cisse, are on fire and the Latics will have their hands full, but we have proved over the past five weeks that not only can we compete with the best but we can also beat the best, though we will need to find our form again to get something from the game.
There promises to be a big crowd at the DW Stadium this weekend, Newcastle have sold out their allocation and the Latics fans are getting behind the boys in blue. A buzzing atmosphere and a cracking game in store, this Saturday can't come soon enough
I have had a season ticket for 3 years, attended several away games each season and in that time there is one thing that stands above all else. The bigger the stakes, the more we perform. The lower the stakes the more, lets say relaxed we seem to be. When we really need to perform, we always drag a rabbit out of the hat and perform miracles. Sadly when we have opportunity to move on and really progress as a team, we somehow lack the conviction required and the performance of the team suffers as a result.
Fulham was just such an opportunity, it was our chance to almost secure survival, and pretty much get the job done with room to spare. We've had similar opportunity in the past and as we did then, we once again failed to take it. As things turned out, our cushion was eroded, and things look a little more edgy. That said we`d have taken this position prior to the Stoke game. We are one point clear, others are chasing us with some very tough games ahead of them.
Saturdays visitors are chasing Champions league qualification, so present a huge test for us, but on the other hand we can afford to lose that game, provided we deliver in the other two. It is in short a dangerous combination. Which Wigan Athletic will turn up, the team that is capable of beating United and Arsenal, or the team that is capable of capitulation to Bolton, Wolves etc. It's a dilemma working it out, and it is not something I can call. I can say with conviction though, that in terms of the runners and riders, trying to avoid the drop, we're certainly in the best position. We have the form over the last few weeks, and also have been winners over course and distance in past years.
I am not expecting anything to be over this weekend, but I am expecting us to survive. It's never easy when you support Wigan Athletic, but then on the other hand it`s easy to support one of the best clubs in the division.
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