Two games left to go, hopefully three. Three games left that could make or break our season, it feels strange that we have such a clear target for the first time all season. It feels as though we’ve been playing catch up from the start of the season.
Be it Charity Shield, Europe or FA Cup there has always been something else to take our focus away from the league and that promotion bid. All of that is gone now and for the first time this season we know exactly what we have ahead of us.
It shows once again what an outstanding achievement it has been from Uwe and the squad to reach the play-offs. The time for looking back and patting ourselves on the back isn’t now though, Uwe has been clear in his belief that our season starts now.
If the lads can re-create the knock out mentality that they have built up over countless Premier League relegation battles and the two consecutive FA Cup campaigns they will have an outstanding chance in the play-offs. There are mitigating circumstances though, the defeat to Blackburn was the sides 60th game this season. The amount of games are beginning to tell, whilst the injuries to key players which has been an issue throughout the season is still affecting us.
All of that being said it’s a case of two games, we have been pretty evenly matched with QPR over the two previous games this season and I suspect that will be the case again in the play-offs.
The most important thing in the first leg will be able to go in to the second leg with a chance. If we can go to Loftus Road level we will have a great chance in the second leg.
Support will be crucial over the two legs, the lads thrive on the big time atmosphere. They did so under Roberto in the Premier League relegation battles and in the cup run and have done under Uwe so far.
I understand the difficulties in getting behind the side at the minute, be they financial or practical. Not everyone is able to get to the games on Friday or Monday but with prices from both clubs being reasonable and the club providing free travel to London on Monday we have a great opportunity to show our support to the lads and try our best to help them get over the line.
Two games, two battles and then hopefully we can be discussing a return to Wembley. We have un-finished business there.
First published in the Wigan Evening Post – Wednesday 7th May 2014
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