Saturday was as satisfying an away day as they come, a first visit to Brighton for myself and a first visit to the Amex for the vast majority of Wigan fans that made the long journey down to the South Coast.
Credit at this point should go to Brighton, the Amex is a mightily impressive new stadium and the set-up there is amongst the best I have experienced in both the Premier League and Championship. From the real ale and gourmet pies to the free travel from the city centre to the stadium the whole experience was faultless.
On a bitterly cold day Uwe Rosler’s side ground out a hard fought win despite having only two attempts on target and being outplayed for long periods of time. As I said last week this side is made of stern stuff and copes well with adversity and with their third game in seven days the Latics had just enough left to get over the line. To get three wins in one weekand make it four wins in a row shows just how much the side have progressed since Uwe Rosler took over.
Uwe now has a full seven days to work with his no doubt tired squad and hopefully those who have played so much football in recent weeks will have the chance to get some much needed rest as well as time on the training ground.
Although Latics were under the cosh for much of the game on Saturday the backline once again was extremely strong,Emmerson Boyce put in yet another ageless performance andis thriving in that familiar full back position for Uwe as he did for Roberto.
Considering he is now 34 it’s a great achievement for Laticslongest serving outfield player, whilst Jean Beausejour was impressive again providing both defensive and attacking support. Leon Barnett showed once again why he has only been absent for two games all season such is his reliability and Ivan Ramis was a rock throughout adding both class and strength to the backline.
The fixture list for the coming weeks looks as daunting as any we have faced in recent times but this side don’t seem to fear anybody at the moment, if we can keep this sort of form up who knows where we could finish this season.