Thursday, 29 January 2009

Well done Latics - no aplologies for a little soccer on this site

A great 2nd half performance last night gave Wigan Athletic a well earned point against Liverpool with a 1-1 draw. Making his debut, Mido slotted home the penalty after Jason Koumas had been brought down by Lucas, equalising Liverpool's opener scored by Yossi Benayoun.

Liverpool dominated the first half with some excellent passing, but without making Mike Pollitt work too hard on his return in goal for the injured Chris Kirkland. So many forced changes in the Latics team through transfers and injuries meant they weren't at the races first half, showing too much respect for the Liverpool team. After the break we got amongst them and showed how we can battle and play good football.

The big crowd got behind Wigan and Steve Bruce made some excellent attacking changes bringing on new boy Hugo Rodallega and Henri Camara. On the other had Torres and Gerrard were taken off by Benetez supposedly for being tired! The fact was, Scharner and Boyce were outstanding at the back and Lee Cattermole put in another fantastic performance, tackling everything that moved.

Mido and Rodallega made excellent debuts, with the latter almost nicking it at the end with a superb curling free kick, striking the woodwork.

A shame Rafa didn't give any credit to Wigan calling it "a crazy game" in the post match interview. Well done to Steve Bruce and the boys another well deserved point against a top side.

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1 comment:

Col B said...

Good analysis. I saw the highlights and interviews and some things were apparent: Scharner is a great player and your new guy, Hugo, looks awesome so Bruce has defintely got an eye for talent. Benitez is losong the plot and is too cautious to win the league. Looks like 'them' lot are gonna do it again. But well done The Latics for defying the critics once again!