Category: Sport


Is Moses AWOL?

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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Last night, I left the comfort of my own home, full of excitement and hungry to see the few new faces of Wigan Athletic play at the beloved DW Stadium. Six minutes into the game, my arse barely being on the seat after dashing over from a painfully long wait for a pizza at Pizza Hut; Andrew Keogh pops up with his head and nudges the ball past the keeper. After cramming the jalapeño loaded pizza down me, I was in no state to show any real emotion.  Inside, I was steaming. Okay, so six minutes in after a great win at the weekend you’d think yes, Wolves will now be vunerable and we’ve got plenty of time to equalize.

This beautiful football that Bobby is bringing to the Wigan team just didn’t work. The best passes I saw all evening were those between the defenders. Okay, so use a nice pass and pass it to the midfield to organise an attack. Go on Bramble, pass it. After five attempts of too much lift and spin I think it was time to give up. I think he was plainly forgetting again that there was a nice pitch below him that he could skim the ball along. Fair play to Wolves; the only one tactic that we can play which is passing, they stopped brilliantly. After experiencing 40 minutes of this, you’d think the system would be changed. Nah. This then turned into the old style long ball; but to who? Jason Scotland is too short to jump and reach the top shelf of a kitchen cupboard and Rodallega was getting blown away by the summer breeze.

What a frustrating evening this was for the Wigan fans, or, for the ones that turned up. That’s one thing that I don’t want to get started on. Taking any positives from the game was that one new boy Jordi Gomez looked good on the ball when he wasn’t being chopped down by the boys wearing Dorito packets and there were also a few glimpses of quality in one or two of the attacks, N’Zogbia especially testing the defence a few times cutting in from his new right wing position.

Jason Scotland, the new boy - Summing up the evening.

Jason Scotland, the new boy. - Summing up the evening.

Well Wigan, I wasn’t impressed but I guess that we made up for the 3 points we should have got last night by getting them against Villa. Saturday brings United, yeah right. Lets hope for a performance like the one at Villa Park in the rest of the games.

-Matt