12th Man - It's The Response That Matters
This weeks Wigan Evening Post 12th Man feature has two contributions from Vital Latics:
Pride Does Come Before A Fall
They say that pride comes before a fall, well that certainly played true last weekend, I was super confident about going to Doncaster and coming away with all the points and a few goals under our belts to boot. They were on a shocking run, struggling to score, couldn't buy a win, we were buoyant and seemingly destined for a play-off spot.
Unfortunately football has a habit of turning the form book on its head and so it proved, not only did we lose the game, we were absolutely dreadful, three very poor goals conceded and we managed just one effort on target, I suppose we had to lose sometime hopefully we'll regroup this week and start another decent run going.
Our attention switches back to the FA cup on Saturday, Crystal Palace are in town for a fourth round showdown, a nice tie for both Emmerson Boyce and Ben Watson who are of course ex Palace players, but that won't matter to the supporters, we have a winnable tie and a place in the fifth round beckons, the dream is back on.
This competition will always have a special place in mine and many Latics fans hearts, last May we achieved what many considered the impossible, but that taste of glory shows that with a bit of luck and determination this is a cup that can bring romance back to the game.
Another fantastic initiative from the club with regards to ticket pricing for the game, now we just need the supporters to turn up and create an atmosphere that will get the team fired up, let's not forget this is our cup and we aren't going to give it back without a fight.
Focus On The FA Cup
As always happens with this club, just when things seem to be going really well, there is a setback. A setback is the only way that last Saturday's result can be described. The thing to hold onto though is that we have had more positives than setbacks over the last generation and that one bad result rarely makes you a bad team. It takes a string of bad results before you become a bad side.
Next up we're back in the FA Cup and taking on premier league opposition. This can be looked at in one of two ways. Either we can accept that the opposition is superior to ourselves, give up our trophy with a whimper and suddenly have two defeats on the bounce again. Alternatively it's clearly an opportunity for the players to show that a single bad result is not going to affect the positivity that Uwe has brought to the club and let's face it, half of our players are the current holders of this cup. They can show that relegation from the premier league was due to a stretch of bad luck, and that we are in the wrong division.
Fans travelled in good numbers to Doncaster, so they clearly have the belief that we can deliver, hopefully they will once again turn out in large numbers and get they get behind the team, who will have a point to prove. Let's hope they prove it, and our claim as the holders can continue, because I never tire of describing us as the holders of the FA Cup.
The above articles first appeared in the Wigan Evening Post on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 and are reproduced here with permission