It was another great performance from the Latics in their draw with Spurs on Saturday. Roberto Martinez’s team are now playing some of their best football of the season, recent games have seen them dominate against Man City and overcome Birmingham 2-1, and this 0-0 draw showed Wigan in the ascendancy. The Latics created the more clear-cut opportunities and it was only some top class saves from the Spurs keeper Gomes that prevented them from taking all three points.
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson had once again tipped Wigan to lose (some people might call this a vendetta) and Spurs had come with their big guns (apart from the injured Bale). The focus was on the ‘Big Team’ and ‘Arry’s Boys’ attempt to get a Champions League slot for next season and their quarter-final game against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Little Wigan were once again the bit players in the Big Boys Fantasy League.
Wigan showed tremendous determination and competed for every ball, they matched and often exceeded the skill levels of their highly rated counterparts. Latics took control of the game and dominated possession. They out-passed and out-manoeuvred one of the most expensively assembled teams in the league – some achievement for a team currently bottom of the league and put together for a relative pittance.
In performance terms Wigan had excelled, yet all the Match of the Day ‘so called experts’ and Sunday newspaper journalists could talk about was Spurs. Wigan barely got a mention in the MOTD post match summing up. Such is the obsession with the mega-rich teams and the hype that surrounds them.
The Wigan Athletic players and Roberto Martinez deserve plaudits for their performance but apart from the home fans and some of the local media they do not receive national recognition or get the credit they deserve. Perhaps if we pull off the great escape and survive in the Premier League we will get some credit, but somehow I doubt it.