Was today’s result penance for last week, or simply another indicator that anything can happen in a game involving Wigan this season? I’d vouch for the latter, though some typically poor Latics defending at some crucial points didn’t really help.
The first half went well, Wigan looking comfortable and carving out some good openings: in fact, it looked a little bit too easy at times. For all their domination, though, they couldn’t manage to stick the ball in the back of the net… and were made to pay, big style.
Wigan never really troubled the Hull goalkeeper, Paul Scharner in particular guilty of missing crucial passes and smacking the ball into row Z – Martinez finally saw the error of his ways and brought Jordi Gomez into the fray for the last half an hour. By then, it was a bit too late for him to make much of an impact, Latics already trailing by two goals. Scharner wasn’t the only one to have an off-day, though, as Charles N’Zogbia never quite fired despite some marauding runs, and was also subbed for Sinclair with ten minutes to play.
Same goes for Scotland, who did better than most but still managed not to trouble Boaz Myhill, the man who conceded five in the same fixture last season and six last week. And there was the root of the problem: they never got enough shots on target. When they finally did get a decent effort in they scraped one back, but with just a few minutes left it was all too late.
Had the match been ten minutes longer, Latics would most likely have gone on to win, undoubtedly finishing the stronger of the two sides. Hmm, where have we seen that already this season? It was definitely a case of points dropped, as on balance Wigan really should have put this lot away in the first half… but knowing Latics this season, they’ll probably go out and batter Man City in two weeks’ time to make up for it.
International matches to come next week, and somehow Paul ‘Big Shot’ Scharner has managed to wrangle the Austrian captaincy. I don’t know what’s more of a mystery, that or Wigan’s disappointing loss today.
Now, please excuse me while I batter my housemate for playing ‘That’s Life’ at full blast. Never much liked that song…
Latics for mid-table – keep the faith.