Wigan Athletic 12th Man - 28/09/12
This weeks Wigan Evening Post 12th Man page features two contributions from Vital Latics:
A Week Of Mixed Emotions
Mixed emotions this week, firstly the disappointment of last Saturday with the home defeat against Fulham, then onto the euphoria of Tuesday night with a superb away victory at West Ham in the League Cup
Starting with the Fulham game, isn't it always the case, largest home support of the season and the lads seem to put in their worst performance of the season. Flat as a fluke, no punch, buzz or pace about them, very lethargic until the final ten minutes, but by then it was too late. Fulham are a decent side, no doubt about it, Berbatov is a class player and Rodallega was always going to score against us, we had our chances though, another day we`d have got something from the game
A highlight from Saturday was the introduction of both Miyaichi and McManaman in the closing stages, they changed both the pattern and the pace of the Latics and they got their rewards for the exuberance they showed with starting berths in the Capital One Cup game against West Ham
Could we have our name on the cup this year? To say we have been good in the two ties played so far would be an understatement, we blew Forest away in the last round and West Ham were given the same treatment on Tuesday. An exhilarating performance, four cracking goals and the Latics march on into the last 16, also after being given a home tie against League 2 club Bradford, you've got to fancy our chances of making the quarter-finals
Boselli with his two excellently executed goals, also the performance of both McManaman and especially Miyaichi must have given Martinez food for thought ahead of Saturday's trip to the Stadium of Light. It's great that the manager has options but the Premier League and the Capital One cup are two very different kettles of fish.
Of the three mentioned, I can see only one of them being in the starting eleven on Saturday, possibly Miyaichi to give the right side a little more balance, but it is good that there are options.
Sunderland is a place that the Latics have performed well at over the years, ten visits and only three defeats, a strong record, last time up there we cost Steve Bruce his job with a snatch and grab win, Di Santo in the final minute of the game gave the Latics the points and Sunderland gave Bruce the sack. Another win this weekend would be a most welcomed end to what has turned out to be an exciting week.
Given that confidence and belief were such important factors in last season`s campaign, it was disturbing to spend an afternoon at the DW when both appeared to be ebbing away. The manner of the defeat to Fulham was not as galling as it was last year. This time we created enough chances to get something out of the game despite being well below our best.
Defending was ropey, but that can be sorted out. For the first goal, Berbatov had too much time, and for the second, even with men out of position, there were 3 players around the man with the ball and Ruiz should have been crowded out and never been allowed to make the pass.
It felt like we were not quite as dominant as we were last year, but that was down to Fulham. According to the BBC, we ourselves created as many shots on goal, and total shots as we did last season, and had as much possession, it was the fact that Fulham were allowed to create more than they were last season, which made it look like a more balanced game.
Having watched the confidence appear to drain on Saturday, we then got to watch it return on Wednesday as despite conceding an early goal via a sloppy individual error, we went on to win the game comfortably. We not only went on to win, we progressed to the next round and a favourable draw, we used the squad strength, and we restored pride. With a good performance at Sunderland, the dream of a season looking up not down, is back on.
The latest PWU Podcast is now available, this week it's the Sunderland v Latics preview, as well as look backs at both the Fulham and West Ham games, in the 'studio' are Barry, Gareth, Paul and Rob
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