Despite a two goal reversal I left the DW Stadium on Saturday feeling a bit more positive than usual and a lot more entertained.
We more than matched our expensively assembled opponents for the majority of the game, indeed we probably should have been a goal up by half-time, it was good to see Wigan Athletic players actually progressing into the Villa penalty area, one swallow doesn’t make a summer but I think it`s safe to suggest that the gloomy cold winter as passed.
There was a sense of acceptance of our fate around the stadium at the final whistle too, there may be eight games remaining, but with a deficit of seven points and a home form that makes decidedly poor reading, just three wins from nineteen games, just 12 goals scored at home and 13 of those 19 games at the DW saw us drawing a blank, it is probably safe to assume we are down.
Goals win football games, we haven’t scored enough, simple, our set up this campaign hasn’t aided our strikers one bit, restrictive, defensive football has brought just what it deserved, under Barrow on Saturday we saw more attacking intent than we have seen in a long time, we just weren`t clinical, or good enough where it mattered, but that can be worked upon.
The remaining games of this season are there to be enjoyed, so let’s enjoy them and more of the same from Saturday please.
On Monday there was an FAB meeting with Jonathan Jackson and supporter representatives, the main topic of conversation, once the preset agenda had been dealt with, was who the next manager would be, no hints from Mr Jackson, but he did say due process would take place to ensure we get the right man.
With our recent record I hope that we can indeed find the right man, from Paul Jewells appointment in July 2001 until Roberto Martinez’s departure in June 2013 we had just four managers, Jewell, Chris Hutchings, Steve Bruce and Martinez, that stability brought success, promotions, cup finals and some fantastic football, since July 2013 we have had and sacked five managers and subsequently suffered two relegations, that in itself speaks volumes.
So let’s take our time with the next appointment, let’s get the man for the here, now and the future to take the Latics on another journey that hopefully will bring success.
Up the tics!
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – Villa And FAB Report
This week we take a look back at the Villa game, life without Joyce feels so much brighter.
Some positive signs and despite the score line there was some promise.
The under 18s are on the march once again, EFL Trophy Northern winners and now they face Bournemouth in the national final.
Cut to the chase, FAB meeting feedback and some discussion around the points raised.
The podcast can be listened to by clicking the embedded player below or downloaded to listen at you leisure by visiting www.buzzsprout.com