Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Timid Wigan blow chance

Wigan Athletic
0 - 0
Reading

JJB Stadium

26/4/08 3 pm

Attendance: 19,043

Referee:

Wigan went into today`s game knowing that a win would secure Premier League football for a fourth season.

However the Latics turned in a performance which was ineffectual and very rarely looked like securing g the points and in the end could have lost to a very physical Reading side.. To add to Steve Bruce`s worries Melchiot limped off after a foul by Stephen Hunt and may miss the final two games against Villa and Man Utd.

Bruce made one change to the starting line up bringing Koumas in for Taylor in a straight swap in a more attacking formation. Bent and Heskey ,made their expected recovery from knocks sustained last week.

This new formation looked bright literally from the first minute as Wigan tore into Reading attacking them on both flanks with the Melchiot/Valencia combination looking the most likely to provide fruit.

Koumas wasn`t overshadowed by the Ecuadorian and went on a blistering run which ended with a shot over the bar. Bent once again as last week hit the woodwork, this time with a powerful header onto the post from a Koumas cross.

Palacios and brown both looked to bring the ball forward at every opportunity but Wilson fired over after one good run when he should have at least troubled Hanneman in the Reading goal.

Up front, Bent and Heskey seemed lethargic spending most of their time being flagged offside by an assistant who along with the referee maybe should have visited a national chain of optical lens providers.

Up front for Reading Kitson gave Scharner a torrid time often leading with his elbow and it is credit to the big Austrian that he kept Kitson shackled for the majority of the afternoon.

The turning point in the game for me came in the 26th minute when Melchiot was shielding a ball near the corner flag. Hunt challenged him and Melchiot fell to the ground with what appeared to be a leg injury for which Mr Atkinson awarded a free kick. Melchiot limped off and was replaced by Ryan Taylor with Kilbane taking over the captaincy.

Latics pattern seemed to slip and Reading growing in confidence pressed forward onto a Latics side which appeared to be reluctant to press forward , seemingly content to try and hit Reading on the break.

Half time saw the fans watching the players leave the pithc hoping for a better second half performance.

Whatever Steve Bruce said must have had an effect as Latics started the second half off on fire and Michael Brown nearly scored with a blistering drive which Hannemna palmed away for a corner.

Brown looked Latics most dangerous attacking player and again troubled Hanneman with a shot.
At the other end Readings best chances fell to Lita who shot wide after beating Boyce and a goal bound header from Duberry was miraculously plucked out of the air from Kirkland who seemingly appeared from nowhere to rescue the situation

Bent and Heskey both limped off again to be replaced by Sibs and King respectively. King who has yet to score in open play fro the Latics since his big money move form Watford almost sealed the points in the last minute but Hanneman once again saved the day for the Royals.

In the end a draw was a fair result but with very hard games coming up for the Latics nothing can be taken for granted just yet.





Star Player

Michael Brown

Player Ratings


Kirkland….7

Did everything you would expect form a top class keeper, what a save from Duberry`s header.

Melchiot…6

Captain fantastic`s injury is a worry.

Kilbane….6.

Worked hard

Boyce…6.5

Was given an afternoon`s work by the Reading forwards and will have earned his day off tomorrow.

Scharner…7.5

His battle with Kitson was worth the admission fee alone

Valencia…6

Quiet once Melchiot went off which shows how much we depend on Mario

Michael Brown…8

Worked hard and looked good going forwards.

Palacios…7

Good attacking runs but woeful finishing. Lucky not to get booked

Koumas…6

Started well but faded badly

Bent…6

Needs to learn what the offside trap is and how to beat it.

Heskey….6

Needs to learn what the offside trap is and how to beat it.

Taylor…6

Not a patch on Mario, defended OK but created nothing for Valencia going forwards.

Sibierski…6

Didn`t do a great deal

King…6.5

Good shot in the last minute almost won the three points

Manager Rating

Steve Bruce…7/10

Picked the right formation but must have been tearing his hair out at the timid performance.

There were times when Reading had the ball in their own half and the nearest Latics players was near their own penalty area..

Referee Watch

Martin Atkinson…3/10

Inconsistent and inaccurate with his decisions


Writer:baskerville
Date:Saturday April 26 2008
Time: 7:18PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
They were there for the taking today
worbo
26/04/2008 22:20:00
0
We were pretty rubbish today.
number6
26/04/2008 23:59:00
0
It was poor number6, no arguing there
worbo
27/04/2008 00:15:00
0
It's never ceased to amazed me how Wigan managed to draw with Chelsea... and yet... sigh*
Cretivo
27/04/2008 08:32:00
0
Because Chelsea couldn't finish and we stuck in there - is that a good enough reason?
number6
27/04/2008 12:28:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Liam Sephton
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who would be your choice for Wigan manager?
Suggested By: Dave Whelan
Uwe Rosler25%
Steve McClaren29%
Nathan Jones20%
Paul Cook16%
Other10%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.king_dezeeuw06213
2.Get a Grip!150
3.truelatic4eva137
4.Whittleblue126
5.C_Latic112
6.Moonay106
7.bickymon81
8.WN570
9.Jonny_SuffolkLatic68
10.Martinez198665
The Vital Football Members League