Wigan Athletic 12th Man - 25/01/13
This weeks Wigan Evening Post 12th Man feature has two contributions from Vital Latics:
Very disappointing result, but more so the performance against Sunderland, if we could have got the win they'd have been only three points above us, as it went we never turned up and now we find ourselves back in the bottom three
For me both McCarthy and McArthur were poor on Saturday (that doesn`t mean they are bad players by the way), they just couldn`t cope with the energy of Vaughan and N'Diaye and they ran the midfield in the first half, in fact they swarmed all over us
Fletcher showed what you get when you spend big for the right player, both his goals were excellent from his point of view, and to think we let him go to Burnley from Hearts because we wouldn't match their £3mil valuation!
The second half masked lots of failings with us having so much possession, Sunderland naturally sat back and played it tight and they let us come at them until the final third where they just shut us out, we didn't have any quality in and around their box apart from Shaun Maloney whom we seemed reluctant to give the ball to
I thought that Roger Espinoza did well when he came on at half time, for me his biggest quality on the day was his efforts to inject some pace and directness into our play going forward, he looks a good acquisition, on this showing at least.
This will be a very interesting few days with Martinez admitting that we need some new faces in defence, there have been quite a few names bandied about already, but what we really need is a commanding figure in the heart of the back three to pick up from the loss of Ivan Ramis, because one thing is for sure, more performances like Saturday and there will be no way out this time round.
This weekend we renew old acquaintances at Macclesfield as we travel to Moss Rose for the fourth round of the FA cup, the massive demand for tickets from the Latics faithful should show the club that the fans are up for the cup
A positive result can work wonders on moral and the prospect of a cup run should lift the whole club, no doubt it'll be a much changed side, but we should still have too much for a non-league side, the magic of the FA cup never dies, it just goes to sleep now and again, I'm sure there will be plenty of noise on Saturday from the away end to awaken it once again, I'll be doing my best to any way
It's quite fitting that Monday 21st January is officially the most depressing day of the year, as it perfectly fits the feelings of most Latics fans this week. There is no escaping from the fact that a look at the table provides a depressing picture. Once again we were the architects of our own downfall. Teams come to the DW and wait for the usual picture to get drawn out. We look the better team for a while, until we ultimately hand the opposition a lifeline or a gift of some sort. Having shot ourselves in the foot, we usually then rally and fightback.
The fightback on Saturday was no exception. Having given ourselves a mountain to climb, we could easily have salvaged a point as we got going in the second half. We saw an impressive home debut for Roger Espinoza and clearly Henriquez is going to be some competition for the forwards. Joel will likewise keep Ali on his toes. We just need somebody that can cross a ball to push our wide players, without Shaun Maloney needing to be the one to do it.
We have a few new and returning players to push our existing team, we have the fact that we always show grit and fight. With these 2 things in place we can see that we are capable of picking points up, but somewhere deep we seem to have a character flaw, we for some reason always seem to make it dramatic.
We have a cup game next week and we need to use this as an opportunity to restore some confidence, and build some morale. Judging by ticket sales, the ground will have a considerable Latic presence, it would be fantastic if we can, as a club, take this opportunity to provide a good result, a morale boost and hopefully start a winning run.
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This week in the studio are Dan, Rob, Greg, Mick and Gareth who discuss in great detail the failings against Sunderland (00:00), bad goals conceded and lack of spark. The cup game at Macclesfield (22:00) is also previewed, what a great tie this is, the magic of the FA cup is talked about, slight disagreement amongst the team here.
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