This horrible season just goes from bad to worse, Saturday brought another morale sapping defeat and sadly a completely toothless performance from players who are an awful lot better than what they served up on Saturday afternoon.
Malky Mackay as of yet hasn’t been able to stop the alarming slide that has been prevalent all season long. As I said last week the deeper we look in to the situation at the DW Stadium and it’s clear that those issues go deeper than the manager alone. Like many teams before us a second season of Championship football is becoming a real struggle and if we’re not careful we could end up sleep walking our way in to League One.
Saturday was depressing for many reasons but primarily the lack of effort and application from the players, Roberto Martinez could be accused of a lot during his time as manager but his players always tried. They may not have been good enough to play the particular style of football that Roberto wanted them to on a consistent basis but there was always the effort and application there, none of that was present on Saturday and a very average looking Norwich side in the end got an easy win.
Mackay has had over three weeks in the job now and will have a better idea of what players are up for the fight and those that aren’t. Up to now bar a decent performance against Middlesbrough I and many other Wigan supporters have seen previous little evidence of a change in fortunes or indeed style to be linked with the new manager. Uwe Rosler enjoyed an immediate response and near meteoric rise up the league after he took over last season, Mackay as of yet hasn’t been able to influence such a dramatic change of fortunes.
The continued exclusion of strikers such as Andy Delort and Oriol Riera is baffling when a side such as ours is in desperate need of goals. One can only hope that those players along with Martyn Waghorn (when he returns from injury) are offered an opportunity to show what they can do alongside the hardworking but much maligned Marc Antoine Fortune.
Admittedly there’s still a long way of the season to go but there has to be some signs of recovery from this squad soon otherwise Wigan Athletic could well be returning from whence they came a lot sooner than anyone expected.
First published in the Wigan Evening Post Friday 12th December 2014