Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday November 10 2007
White Hart Lane
A date for remembering will hopefully be a date that turned round the season for Latics as they head for North London and Spurs on Armistice Day
Spurs are back in the country following their 0-2 win over Awful Tel Aviv in the Uefa Cup on Thursday, the only thing that can be taken out of the win is that Berbatov aint happy
Despite the new manager coming in to replace Martin Jol, Juande Ramos appears to be having the same problems as his predecessor, a team low on confidence, poor defensively and a little turbulence in the dressing room
An opportunity presents itself to the Latics to have a go at Spurs, we are both on 8 points and only goal difference stops Spurs being in the bottom three in place of Wigan
With Chris Hutchings being dismissed last Saturday, caretaker manager Frank Barlow has a chance to make and take at least a point from White Hart Lane tomorrow
If he would abandon the cautious approach of the alien 4-5-1 and be positive and adopt the more familiar formation 4-4-2 that has served us well for over ten years we could make a game of it tomorrow
But it appears that Barlow is going to stick with Hutchs game plan
We will be facing one of the worst defences in the division with just one striker and allowing potentially one of the best attacking sides outside the top six to have a go at us
To sit back against a team that is full of goal scorers will be asking for trouble, lets not do it.
On Remembrance Day Frank remember the Alamo and what happened there, for the fans have a go
'After a sombre start to the week, it's up to me, the players and everybody within the club to make sure we're back up; we've got the gloves on and we're ready for a scrap on Sunday afternoon.'
'Three points are important to the club and also as a parting gift to Chris'
'I think we are still a long way away from achieving what we want to do, as much in defence as in attack,'
'The team is very low on confidence and the team needs security. We need a few really good results to relax the team and to make them start believing in themselves again.
'It is all to do with bad results the team has had. That takes away the security and the confidence of the players. But if we can put a few results together let's see if we can get that confidence and self-belief back.'
Ledley King, Ricardo Rocha, Anthony Gardner, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale all set to miss out again through injury
Spurs will choose from:
Robinson, Cerny, Chimbonda, Stalteri, Lee, Kaboul, Dawson, Tainio, Jenas, Zokora, Lennon, Malbranque, Boateng, Huddlestone, Taarabt, Routledge, Bent, Defoe, Berbatov, Keane.
Very talented Irishman and always scores against us, good mate of Kevin 'Killer' Kilbane
With Heskey still out, expect the same side that was destroyed at will by Chelsea last week
Latics will choose from:
Kirkland, Melchiot, Granqvist, Bramble, Boyce, Kilbane, Koumas, Landzaat, Brown, Scharner, Valencia, Sibierski, Bent, Aghahowa, Skoko, Taylor, Pollitt, Olembe, Hall.
Despite not liking Bent I have to say he is giving his all lately and puts in a lot of effort
Scored two in the last away game at Birmingham, same again tomorrow please Benty
Spurs won two and there has beem two draws of previous four meetings
Lee Mason (Bolton)
4 matches so far this season for Mr Mason and he has issued 12 yellows and no reds
Heart says 2-2 draw
Head says 3-0 Spurs win
Arsenal Vs Latics
Saturday 24/11/2007 3pm
Latics Vs Manchester City
Saturday 1/12/2007 3 pm
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