Monday, April 30, 2012
Wigan, in recent seasons have played a type of football which is pleasing to the eye. Since the appointment of Roberto Martinez, he had taken the blueprint he developed at Swansea and imbued it onto the Latics DNA. Their passing was amazing against Newcastle last weekend. Rarely kicking a ball in anger, the Latics players played the ball out of defence into midfield, down the channels and finally exploiting the openings with quick one-two wall passes. It was delightful to watch. If Wigan were any other Big Four team, they would have been the toast of English football.
But the current flavour of the month is Newcastle, and that's no surprise with the way the Toon Army has been making its way to a potential Champions League placing. However, that wait may have to be longer as Wigan brought the high flying Magpies back down to earth. With Shaun Maloney pulling the scheming strings, Wigan are all set to stage the great relegation escape that had seemed impossible back in January.
What had seemed like a hellish run-in - games with Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea became the catalyst for a Wigan revival. Who would have thought Martinez' men could pick up nine points against these clubs?? And the results were achieved by playing the right way and with positivity.
The team is finally coming together. Victor Moses, Franco di Santo, Jean Beausejour and James McCarthy are really gelling and that makes for a fantastic footballing displaying befitting of their manager's philosophy.
Victor Moses, above all, has been magnificient. The former England U-21 star has repaid (with interest) the faith that Martinez has in him over the past months.
Newcastle never really got going in the first half...is the pressure of Champions League football affecting the players? Wigan's incisive passing tore the Magpies apart and that's how all the goals came about. In the second half, Newcastle fared a lot better, but a combination of Al-Habsi and the woodwork kept the Toon Army at bay.
Another three points and the Latics will be looking forward to their eighth season in the English Premier League. With Bolton, QPR and Blackburn all slipping, Wigan's Premiership status looks all but secured with two winnable games against Blackburn and Wolves.
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