This weeks Wigan Evening Post 12th Man feature has one contribution from Vital Latics:
What is it with the Latics and international breaks?
The players must really love being at the club because there always appears to be a reaction, a bad one, following the rounds of internationals when the lads are away with their national teams.
Last season, on two separate occasions saw the first game back from the internationals produce dire performances by the Latics. Bolton at home, when we got tonked 3-1 by the desperate Wanderers and arguably our worst performance of last season, the home defeat to Swansea when we really did look at sixes and sevens
This time round there was an international break before the opening game of the season, yep strange one that, a break before the season starts, anyway the Latics started so slowly that we were two goals down inside the first seven minutes, luckily we regrouped and in fairness, played quite well for the rest of the match.
That brings us round to last Saturday, two weeks away for the players, not the best preparation to then be facing Manchester United at Old Trafford said Martinez and it turned out he was correct. The first half the Latics played well, nice neat containment football and they created a couple of decent half chances, second half though, whoa, we simply fell apart, individual and collective errors led to all four of Manchester United’s goals and it was a very tired looking Latics that left the field at full time.
When is the next international break I hear people say, well not until, erm next month! Following the break our first fixture is, wait for it, Swansea City away, can’t wait for that one!
Onto this weekend, we have a chance to get the United game out of our system when Fulham are the visitors to the DW, the Cottagers have started the season off in quite good form, but they aren’t the best travels in the Premier League, except when they visit us that is, we do have a poor record against the West Londoners, but hopefully that can be reversed on Saturday
One Fulham player that Latics fans will be looking forward to seeing no doubt is Hugo Rodallega. Hugo is record all time goals scorer for the Latics in the Premier League and he was a definite fans favourite during his time at the club, here’s hoping that the past player hoodoo doesn’t come into effect though. I am confident of a result this weekend and we owe Fulham from last season, they took a pasting off us at the DW Stadium and still won 2-0! This time round I think we will get the goals and the points, 2-0 win for the Latics
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