Hugo Rodallega and Tom Cleverley were the stand outs for Wigan at the weekend when they travelled to Wolverhampton and went home with all three points. Rodallega scored an acrobatic goal from six yards out and Cleverley doubled the lead not long after. Wolves battled and got one back but despite having all the play they couldn’t nab an equaliser.
They have only won twice at home this season but are undefeated in their last five games at the DW Stadium having won two and drawn three. In their eighteen matches they have scored only fifteen – we however have totted up thirty-seven!! Shame we have conceded twenty!!
Our away form is pretty good this season apart from the losses at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge – We have gained seventeen points on the road and have won four of our last five games away from The Emirates, tonight that tally should become six but let’s not take that for granted.
Monday nights result has to be forgotten, the heart and commitment shown in that game MUST be remembered if we are to win again tonight. After this same fixture last season, any slim chance we had to win the league had gone, we were cruising 2-0 then the lights went off in the players heads, no-one was home, other than the Wigan players. They scored three goals in the last ten minutes, took all three points and we were all mortified.
Ok, we knocked them out of the Carling Cup last month but that’s done with, tonight is about keeping in touch with Manchester United at the top of the table, getting another win under our belt and gathering confidence and momentum along the way.
One game at a time, one game at a time.
Roberto Martinez believes we are a team on the up, maybe he is right. It’s been a long time coming but anything other than three points tonight will suggest otherwise!
Wigan may have won at the weekend but like I said, we aren’t Wolves! Wigan aren’t Chelsea either, Martinez doesn’t have a side full of over paid, over ego’s who are getting on a bit. Wigan are full of players who work for each other and their manager. Wigan are in a relegation scrap already, I know its only December but they’ll be fighting hard to get clear of the bottom of the league as soon as they can, they won’t want to leave it until late in the season.
They will be a tough nut to crack but crack them we must and I fully expect that we will, after all, we have beaten them eight times out of our last ten meetings….
The Mancs dropped points last night but the Northern Chavs and Tiny Totts both secured maximum so that makes tonight’s game even more important.
No Cesc for tonight’s game, he’s suspended. As for the team to face Wigan, we’ll find out later :)
Couple of titbits, as we all expected Nordtveit has gone. I guess he won’t be missed as we haven’t really seen what he could truly offer Arsenal – good luck to the lad. Espanyol have felt the need to talk about Carlos Vela having seen all the rumours. They categorically deny that they are to make an offer for our young Mexican next month.
We’ll see if they are truthing in a few days…..
That’s it for today, have a good one.