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Wigan Athletic - The 12th Man - 19/05/13

Wigan Athletic - The 12th Man - 19/05/13

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

So Proud Of The Latics

Where do I begin?

We may be down but I am certainly not down, the FA Cup win was quite simply the best day of my life, bar none

The anticipation of the build up, the tears that flooded when Abide With Me was sang, Emmerson Boyce carrying out little Joe Kendrick as the teams entered the stadium, the realisation after 30 minutes of the game that we were in with a real chance, the fact that I screamed like a teenager for the best part of three minutes following Ben Watsons 90th minute goal and my tears of utter pride at the final whistle when it hit me like a hammer to my skull, that Wigan Athletic had won the FA cup

The team to a man were fantastic, Roberto Martinez got his tactics spot on and we showed not just England but the whole world just how good this team of ours can be and how special our wonderful little club is

I am still high off Saturday, the buzz and tingles are still there, we may have had relegation confirmed when we lost to Arsenal on Tuesday, but with respect I think most people knew we had gone after the Swansea game, a game that highlighted our defensive frailties due to our crippling injury problems to the defenders

But this isn't a time for recriminations, a time to look back, no, we have to look forward, be excited about what the new season has in store for us, be fully prepared and ready to make an assault on the promotion spots of the Championship, to get back at the first attempt

The fans need to get ready for the next chapter of our history, a European tour is on the horizon with qualification for the Europa League group stages already confirmed, undoubtedly there will be new players arriving at the club, one or two leaving also, personally I cannot wait for August to come around and get the show on the road

This Sunday we have the chance to bid farewell to the Premier League in grand style, it should be a carnival atmosphere at the DW Stadium, our fate is sealed, the pressure is off, let's have one enjoyable day as we bring the curtain down on eight years in the top flight and be proud of what Wigan Athletic has achieved

Barry Worthington

Little Lapses Caught Us Out

I am lost for words as I start to write this. Every other season if not every season, there is a team relegated as a result of what is essentially bad luck. This time it's our turn.

On the other side of the fence however is the fact that once in a generation there is an underdog that lifts the FA Cup, and this time it was also our turn. That is worth more to supporters than staying up would have been.

I know we all will look and see where we went wrong as a club, and what could we have done better. The truth is that despite going down, we got most things right, just that the hand we were dealt this season was the worst one we've ever had. Despite the squad overall being as strong as any of the previous strong squads, the issues we had to deal with were even greater than ever before. I just hope that most of the squad can stay together and bounce straight back up, they are certainly good enough when they are not being chopped and changed all over the place.

We cannot defend is the simple accusation that I have heard many times. The fact is that for the majority of time in the majority of games we have defended perfectly reasonably. It was just little lapses, and moments that have caught us out. At the top level those moments are fatal. The root cause of these issues is the sheer number of personnel that have occupied the centre half position, and the players playing in different positions to cover the holes. I can count nine centre backs, which is a lot by anybody's standards. This disruption is what's caused several of the mistakes. Consider that with several key decisions that went against us incorrectly and it adds up to a couple of teams worse than us, not finishing in the bottom three. I can't see next season being anything like as unlucky. The key is the squad staying together for next season.

It's not a bad consolation prize, winning the FA Cup. That`s right we won the FA Cup. Only three teams have taken domestic honours this season and one is Wigan Athletic. We are going into Europe as England's best placed representative in the Europa league.

Paul Thorp

The latest edition of the PWU Wigan Athletic podcast is now available for download.

This week in the studio at the Beech Hill Book Cycle we have Barry, Rob, Gareth, Mick, Paul and Greg.

We start off by taking a look back at the Arsenal game and its consequences, but we don't want to dwell

Next up is the cup final (10:00)

We look back at the whole experience, getting there and back, the build up, the game itself and the aftermath, the best day of our lives?

We finish off with the Villa preview (39:30), meeting the players, joining in with the Villa fans for a Petrov tribute and celebrating our time in the Premier League

If you would like to get involved in the podcast or have any topics that you'd like to be discussed please get in touch at marking your email PWU Podcast

The podcast can be downloaded from itunes or via our hosting site or by simply hitting the play button on the embedded player below

Thank you very much for listening, your support is very much appreciated

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A PWU Podcast Special featuring quotes, from this seasons FA cup run, made by podcast regulars Dan, Barry, Greg, Gareth, Paul T, Paul K, Rob and Mick, all set to the bouncy Come On You Latics by the Empty Seats, which is supporting Josephs Goal and is available from ebay

You can download the podcast for free from itunes or via our hosting site or by simply hitting the play button on the embedded player below...enjoy

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday May 19 2013
Time: 1:25AM


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