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Wigan Athletic - 12th Man - 04/10/12

This weeks Wigan Evening Post 12th Man feature has two contributions from Vital Latics:

A Friend In Need

Referee's would appear to be the bane of our lives at the moment, a couple of weeks back we had Michael Oliver at Old Trafford mixing us a bottle, then following Roberto's audacity to stand up to the FA over their decision to reprimand him for criticising Oliver, we get the wrath of the Webb forced upon us on Saturday up at Sunderland

If Howard Webb really is the best English referee, then, on the showing at the weekend we really are in trouble. Not questioning his decision to send Jordi Gomez off, though a little harsh in my opinion, we have seen those types of challenges receive red cards in the past. It was Webb's blatant inconsistency in, firstly failing to award us free kicks when warranted and secondly his blatant failure to punish the Sunderland players with cautions for reckless challenges.

The foul count was Sunderland 20 Latics 16, yet there was an imbalance in the punishment of the perpetrators, two Sunderland players received yellow cards, compared with five yellows and one red for the Latics players. Both McLean and Fletcher persistently fouled yet they only got one yellow each when on numerous occasions a second one would have been more than justified, add to this Larsson's two footed, knee high challenge on Kone that saw Howard Webb award Sunderland a free kick and you expected another blast of the verbal's from Martinez and another FA misconduct charge.

Fortunately our mild mannered boss kept his cool this week, he only hinted at the incompetency of the referee, he bit his lip and simply said 'at the moment, we are on the back of a few bad decisions', good job too or he would have really been in hot water.

This weekend we face Everton at the DW Stadium, Kevin Friend is the ref, with the form that Moyes's side are in at the moment we don't need the officials against us, let's hope that Kevin is a friend to the Latics and for once this season we have a few decisions going our way

Barry Worthington


Another week and another set of frustrating events. With Roberto facing charges for commenting accurately about the unfair treatment we have been given at the hands of various referees, it was somewhat galling to again feel hard done to. It seems the incompetency of officials does not bring the game into disrepute, but highlighting it does.

It is frightening that we seem to thus far be paralleling last season, a reasonable start, followed by some decent performances, but accompanied by a disturbing lack of results.

It is easy for people to become disillusioned and expect that we will continue to follow the pattern and have a run that see's us back at the foot of the table. The reality is that this season will not be the same.

Everton are a decent side that have started well, but we usually give them a good game, and it's quite reasonable to expect the run to be stopped at home on Saturday, but it's also quite rational to expect it to continue. If it does then we all need to remember that we have a stronger squad than last season, and are playing much better football, points will come, and there is absolutely no need to panic. Quite simply, we need to stick on message, follow the mantra and believe.

Paul Thorp

The latest PWU Podcast, 'The Everton Preview' is now available for download. In the studio this week are Barry, Paul, Rob, Dan and Jimmy discussing the fallout from the Sunderland game, rescinded red cards and hefty fines. Also on the agenda is the Everton game

The podcast is available for download from iTunes, our hosting site www.buzzsprout.com or you can click play on the player below to listen from here

As always feedback is welcome, plus if you want to get involved in the podcast please contact us here at Vital Latics wigan@vitalfootball.co.uk , mark your email Podcast

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 4 2012

Time: 8:27AM

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