Wigan Athletic - The 12th Man - 08/11/12
This weeks Wigan Evening Post 12th Man feature has two contributions from Vital Latics:
Mid-table Here We Come
What a fantastic performance against Spurs to follow on from the West Ham game, it looks like we are rediscovering the great form that we showed at the back end of last season, both games were won by just a one goal margin, though the score line in both games could and probably should have been a lot more emphatic.
When James McArthur was deemed unfit to play before kick-off I feared that the balance of the midfield was going to be disrupted, those fears were totally unfounded as Ben Watson came into the side and not only had a stormer, but also scored the winning goal, leaving Martinez with a selection headache should McArthur be declared fit for this weekend's visit by West Brom
Over the next few weeks, if we can keep the current form going, there is a great chance to add points to the board, West Brom are in town on Saturday we also have games against Reading, QPR and Norwich coming up.
But it is also important not to get carried away, one of the main features of last Saturdays win at White Hart Lane was the team grafting for each other, no ego's just a great togetherness, this is the sign of a quality team where every player wants to play for their mates
It feels good sitting in mid-table, with a nice run of results we could be looking for a top half spot come the New Year, or is that me getting carried away?
What a difference a couple of weeks can make, from a position slightly in the balance, even the most pessimistic of Latics supporters are having to admit that things are looking quite good at the DW Stadium.
Over the last couple of years our season has always contained certain events, and recent seasons have paralleled each other. We've had a bad run of results when playing ok - tick. We`ve already had significant decisions go against us, we've been knocked out of the cup by a lower league team - as usual. We've been robbed by officials at Old Trafford - aren't we always. Having got all that out of the way early on, and having just won back to back games, there is only one thing left that we do, but hasn't yet happened. That is to look like world beaters until the end of the season.
As one of the biggest believers in Roberto and his methods, even I accept that this is a bit of an ask as there is plenty of season left. We know though that the pressure of being near to and at the bottom caused us to drop points last season that we would otherwise not drop, and we all know what a bit of belief did for the team at the end of the season.
The question I would ask therefore is what is stopping this squad? We know we can beat anybody, and we know that if we let up even slightly we will be punished. That is a potent mixture, and one that I think whilst maybe not see us being actual world beaters, it will see us have our best ever season. This is our golden age, enjoy it.
The above articles first appeared in the Wigan Evening Post on Wednesday, 7th November, 2012
The latest PWU podcast is now available for download. This week's podcast reviews the Spurs game at the weekend, what a cracking result and performance that was, also the guys look ahead to this coming Saturday`s visit by West Brom to the DW Stadium
In the studio at Beech Hill Book Cycle we have special guest Paul Kendrick, the Wigan Evening Post's Latics correspondent, also Greg Farrimond of the Wigan Observer joins in the chat with regulars Barry, Dan, Gareth, Rob and Paul
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