After witnessing Wigan’s defeat to Manchester City tonight, I have many rants to release.  First of all, I’d just like to say; I didn’t get any joy from seeing Carlos Tevez get chance to wave his shin pad around three times.  After getting a needed win against Burnley, Wigan started the game well and at half time, looked the favourites to get something from the match.  Then, a controversial decision made by a young and seemingly inexperienced referee, Stuart Attwell, saw us wave goodbye to Gary Caldwell for half of our remaining games.  This also looked to cost us a defeat, which inevitably it did.

Gary Caldwell’s irresponsible tackle on Carlos Tevez saw Attwell go straight for red but it seemed as though the Argentine striker attempted to stamp on Caldwell rather than playing the ball.  Questions therefore have to be asked as to why he didn’t receive a red also.  There is much to be also asked as to whether the challenge from the Scottish defender was worthy of a sending off.

Predictably, this changed the game.  The first of the three goals was also a point of controversy as Adebayor looked to be offside when the ball was played into the centre.  Even though Tevez was the scorer, the big Togo striker was much a part of play.  With the offside not being given, the point of frustration for Wigan fans will have been towards the stand-in goalkeeper, Vladimir Stojkovic.  After making an impressive reflex save in the first half, the ‘keeper showed no bravery to catch the ball played in for the goal but seemed to just throw his chest at the two City strikers.  The goalkeeping during the third goal had to also be questioned.

If we manage to stay up this season, it will be some achievement.  Staying up or not, I think if Roberto Martinez is still in charge next season, applying the same tactics as he has been doing this season, it is time to worry.  A team like Wigan’s needs to make sure their defence is tight and they can score goals.  Since last year, personally, I think that a 4-4-2 formation is the definite choice needed for a team like ours.  More to the point, with the team we have now, if he insists on playing the 4-3-3 then I think again, Rodallega definitely needs to be moved into his more dangerous centre position and a starting place should be given to Victor Moses on the left wing with N’Zogbia continuing to impress on the right.

Wigan's 'wonderkid' deadline day signing - Victor Moses

Tonight, when I saw that N’Zogbia wasn’t fit to start, I was almost certain with myself that Moses would be given a chance but it turned out Scharner came back in and McCarthy was moved out to the right.  However, even when it was time for changes, Martinez still insisted in bringing on Jason ‘No Goal’ Scotland.  Whenever Moses has come on in the past, he has offered a lot more than Scotland.  He even showed his worth by setting up last week’s crucial stoppage time goal against Burnley.  I just have to ask the question, is he AWOL or is Martinez scared of changing anything?

One player I did get to see tonight is Steve Gohouri.  After retrieving his literally forgotten shirt from the changing room and finally coming on, for the short amount of time, he showed pace and a bit of decency.  Lets hope that he can offer something whilst Caldwell is suspended, even if it is bench warming.

Final score: 3-0

-Matt

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