Date:Sunday August 12 2012
Vital Latics brings you the Wigan Athletic fans 'Hopes and Fears' series as we build up to the seasons big kick-off against Chelsea.
Wigan Athletic supporter and Vital Latics member, Jonny_SuffolkLatic gives us his thoughts on the coming season, over to you Jonny:
The Euros, the 2012 Olympics… erm, Wimbledon... erm, oh, Tour De France! Yeah, what an amazing summer of sport it has been. The summer of sport is what the press has billed it as anyway. They may have a point. Who will forget the Olympic success of Team GB? I certainly will remember Mo Farah winning the 10000 meters for some time. Who will forget the moment when Andy Murray proved to the world he actually holds a certain degree human emotion by crying after the Wimbledon final and then going on to, 4 weeks later, win the Olympic gold - all pretty good sporting moments. But let's face it, we have all been frothing at the mouth for our beloved Wigan Athletic to get started! So hooray! The new season is nearly here.
Top table finish: I will admit, right now, I'd probably settle for 15th in the league again straight away. But I really do have a hope that we could beat our record 10th place finish. Rewinding back to the back end of last season, from Norwich away onwards, we showed how brilliant we can be. I'm not suggesting that we are going to be able to have that same kind of form all the way through the season, but if we can repeat the same kind of performances that saw us beat Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal and thrash Newcastle then surely there is hope for a top 10 finish!
Cup run: Let's get out of the habit of losing to Crystal Palace, Swindon and the likes. I would love to see us go on a decent cup run! Repeat 2006, but maybe go one better. Optimistic admittedly, but that's what hopes are about.
Development of our youth: We've got some real promising players. Nouha Dicko, Callum McManaman and now Fraser Fyvie to name just a few. I would like to see a couple of them begin to successfully break into the first team.
Relegation: The obvious. What is probably on every other hopes and fears list. I'm pretty confident that we won't get relegated, especially after the quality the whole squad showed from March onwards. But relegation is never good, so remains a fear.
Fan negativity: After the brilliance of the Meet N Greets at the end of last season, I would hate that if at any point this coming season, we see any 'Martinez Out' kind of stuff. Just look at the difference that fan positivity made after the Meet N Greets. It was amazing! Let's stay behind the team for the entirety of the season. Through thick and thin.
Losing Martinez: We came close to it in June - far too close for comfort. He`s as passionate about Wigan as any manager we will ever get and with the change of formation mid season, showed his real tactical ability. Love Bobby, so don't want to lose him!
Shaun Maloney - The moment he came on against Norwich at Carrow Road last season was, arguably, one of the turning points of the season. He was clearly one of the key players in our amazing upturn in form. He brought a real cutting edge to the team, always being a threat. Therefore, he is naturally going to be a big key player this coming season. If he can provide the kind of form he has already displayed, then I am sure it will lead to us being very deadly in attack.
My, a bit hopeful, predictions:
Premier League: 12th
Carling (Or whatever the sponsor is this year) Cup: 4th Round
FA Cup: Winners (Heard it here first and I fancy a trip to Wembley)
Player of the Year: Shaun Maloney
Flop of the Year: Victor Moses (Playing for Chelsea)
Golden Boot: Di Santo
So yeah, these are my hopes and fears. Cannot wait for the new season.
I'M A BELIEVER....for a top 10 finish and a FA Cup!
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Date:Sunday August 12 2012
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