This weeks 12th Man feature in the Wigan Evening Post has two contributions from Vital Latics:
Roberto Martinez – A Gentleman and Legend
What a fantastic feeling, Premier League survival with a game to spare. The recent run of form has been breathtaking, the controlled football played by the Latics in some very high tension games is a credit to the coaching staff and especially the gaffer, Roberto Martinez. I was at Blackburn and I saw how well his team played, I heard him speak before the game, professional, he talked about two very important games against Blackburn and Wolves, taking each one on its own merits and aiming for maximum points.
I was also at Golborne last Friday night when Martinez took time out of what must have been a hectic schedule to play in a benefit game for a local woman. I was there and I saw him greet every child that asked for an autograph with a smile and like he had all the time in the world, every adult that asked a question or wanted a pose for a photo he treated like they were a close friend, we have ourselves one very special manager.
Martinez feels the heart beat of our club, he understands the fans, he’s also a top class coach. Keeping the Latics up in the top flight for three years on the trot whilst reducing the wage bill each year by 10% demonstrates his talents both in the transfer market and on the training ground.
Each of the three years that Martinez has been at the club we have seen progress, this has been against a turnover of players as he brought in his own men. The current crop are all looking good and they are his, keep them together and next season should see the Latics progress continue.
Party time on Sunday, Wolves in town, a big crowd and hopefully some sunshine football, we are staying up!
A Surreal Experience
We have secured the first objective, which is to ensure premier league football for another season. The next objective is to win next week and finish higher up the table and with more points than last season and put to bed any suggestion that we have survived purely by dint of other teams being poor rather than by our own achievements.
Monday night in Blackburn was a surreal experience, with no clock visible from our stand and a tense situation in the game, the first half seemed to last forever. We were certainly the better side in the first half, and the second half appeared a bit closer, but that was more down to the fact that Blackburn lumped the ball up at every opportunity. The defensive unit stood firm however and we picked up the 3 points where earlier in the season we`d have been sucker punched and lost.
The disappointing aspect of the night was the fact that our players did not come over to acknowledge the fans. Gary Caldwell shared the same disappointment, advising on twitter that they were advised not to, because of the security situation. He said they wanted to come over and acknowledge our support. The fact is however that with Wolves long since dead and buried, their emotions will not run as high and there will be no such concerns on Sunday. The meet and greet for the Wolves game will merely be the start of one of the best Latics parties for several years.
Latics and Proud
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