The Pressure is on
It may only be September but already the pressure is on Uwe Rosler and Wigan Athletic. Following the six points gained from the Blackpool and Birmingham games many people thought we had turned the corner and that the next two games away from home would see a continuation of the sort of performances we showed before the international break.
For the first 50 minutes of the game with Blackburn this was reflected in our performance, Latics fielding new signings William Kvist and Andy Delort played with pace and purpose and should have been ahead before halftime. The penalty miss from Ivan Ramis was a kick in the teeth but not as big a kick as what came in the second half. Latics deservedly took the lead through James Perch before what looked like a complete capitulation in the second half. Whether the second goal should have stood is up for debate but Latics once again fell away in the second half which must be a worry to Uwe Rosler. The result didn’t reflect the first 50 minutes of the game but Latics once again left Ewood Park with nothing for their efforts.
The good thing about the Championship is the chance to turn things around quickly and Huddersfield presented that opportunity on Tuesday night. A 0-0 draw may not sound like a way to stop the rot but it was the first away point of the season and a game which garnered 60% possession and 14 attempts on goal should have given us more than a point. On another night the side could have been celebrating a 3-0 win as it was a goalless draw is all we had to take with us back over the Pennines.
Andy Delort and William Kvist have impressed in their first couple of games despite the negativity surrounding both games. Kvist looks a very classy midfielder even if he doesn’t have the same attacking impetus as James McArthur did in that position whilst Delort is reminiscent of a former Latics favourite in Amr Zaki the way he threw himself about on Tuesday at Huddersfield was a glimpse in to what we could expect if he and Oriel Riera can get amongst the goals this season we’ll be ok.
Our record so far this season has been frustrating, the squad we have now should and could be performing to higher level than it has so far but I still have faith in Uwe and the side to turn things around and see us climbing the table before long. People have already begun comparing Uwe’s record to Owen Coyle’s and despite what many say the manager isn’t above the criticism that comes his way. The buck stops with the manager but I have seen enough this season and since he arrived at the club to tell me Uwe Rosler is the right man to lead our club.
With the losses of Jordi Gomez, Jean Beausejour and James McArthur and up to nine new signings to bed in to our way of thinking and style of play it was always going to be difficult to hit the ground running. Consistency is the name of the game this season and as we prepare for our next home game on Monday evening it’s important that we keep up our relatively strong home record. A win would once again see us back in the mix and we know this side are capable of providing that.
Come on Latics.