Tuesday sees my second trip to Upton Park to watch Latics take on West Ham United, the first trip took place nine years ago in our first season in what was then Division One.
We were totally outclassed by a Marlon Harewood inspired Hammers side and our coach broke down on the way home, in terms of decent away days I’ve had better. Hopefully Tuesday’s trip in the Capital One Cup will bring more joy.
We certainly need it after two straight defeats against Manchester United and Fulham, the defeat at Old Trafford always has an inevitable feel to it but I’m sure Roberto and the team would have hoped to have picked at least a point up in a game which could have been considered a must win before Saturday.
Last season around this time we embarked on a disastrous run of consecutive defeats which saw us go a startling nine games without a solitary victory, not even a draw to speak of. We can’t let that happen again and need to pick up points in the league and indeed progress in the cup.
A trip to East London is never the easiest and with Big Sam’s side seeming to gain momentum over the last few weeks it will be that much harder tomorrow night. With a partisan home crowd and a near full strength Hammers side Latics will have to be close to their best to get a result.
After the lackluster performance last time out I would expect Roberto to shake the pack up with starts for the likes of Callum McManaman, Ryo Myiachi and candidate for miss of the season Mauro Bosselli.
If the side selected put in a similar performance to the one that we witnessed in Nottingham we may have a chance of progressing, anything less and there will be gloating a plenty from Green Street.
If you’re one of the hardy band of followers heading down to East London tomorrow I’ll see you there, if you’ve been sensible enough to stay at home I hope you enjoy the dry and warmth.