The end of the run was going to come at one point, losing to QPR on Tuesday night shouldn’t take away from the magnificent results of the last two months. The key for Uwe Rosler and his side are how they bounce back from Tuesday night’s disappointing result.
There was nothing wrong with the performance on Tuesday night, in terms of chances created it was similar to many of our recent games. The difference being this time that Latics couldn’t convert their dominance in to goals as the lads came up against a Robert Green in inspired form in the QPR goal. If the side can put in a similar performance on Saturday at the Reebok Stadium they have a great chance of securing another three points.
Results went in our favour on Tuesday and all of our rivals for play-off places also slipped up so there’s no need for Tuesday to be seen as a disaster as long as the side bounce back against our rivals. The reaction from previous defeats under Uwe has been outstanding and more of the same will be needed on Saturday.
Bolton have been poor this season, for a side with so much money spent on it their performances haven’t been up to standard but they are still a dangerous side on their day as was shown with their emphatic wins over Blackburn and Leeds earlier this month.
An injury damaged Latics side will have to be at their best to come away from Horwich with a win. Speaking of injuries it was heartening to see Gary Caldwell back on the bench on Tuesday night, the Scotland captain has endured a torrid time with injuries over the past eighteen months and to have him and his fellow country man Shaun Maloney back in the fold is a massive boost to our push for the play-offs.
A final word should go to the hardy souls walking to the Reebok Stadium from Wigan on Saturday afternoon, the walk 4 Joseph aims to raise much needed funds for our FA Cup winning mascot Joseph Kendrick and the Joseph’s Goal fund. This follows on from the success of the walk 4 Emma appeal that took place the last time we played in Horwich.
If you’re heading over the hill on Saturday get behind the lads and of course offer your support to those making the walk to Horwich. With any luck we’ll have a similar result to the one we had in February 2012 both on and off the pitch..