Not a good couple of weeks. The Marlon King stuff was bad enough but add to that a thumping at the hands of everyones relegation favourites Portsmouth and a draw against Fulham - two games which were very winnable - and I don't think thats what Wigan fans had in mind ideally for on or off the pitch business. Where is it going wrong ?
So, two very disapointing results. To finish up with only 1 point from games against a Portsmouth team who have looked awful so far this season and a Fulham side who like us, have seemed to lack consistency plus were coming back from a difficult European tie against Roma ....what can I say, both results are not going to be up there in the seasons highlights package.
I really think that we are going to have to buy this January in order to steady the ship a little. This isnt a sudden reaction to two bad results but a summing up from our season so far. We really do seem a little all over the place at the moment - from outplaying Chelsea to a 4-0 drubbing against the Premier League's bottom side. I think those two games really highlight our season so far - from magical to madness.
I think we need a bit more experience and steel in our side. I think we have the quality and we have the Manager to develop a skillful side to our game but when we come round to playing away to a relegation threatened team who are scrapping for their lives then perhaps quality and skill needs to balanced out a little with graft and sheer-will-to-win. I definitely think our midfield could do with shoring up a little. The last few games have shown that we're missing Cattermole - a great player for us who could not only tackle but could also pick out a pass. But who to properly replace him ? Someone like Scott Parker would be brilliant but i'm not sure if he'd exactly come to us. Maybe players like Nicky Butt or Alan Smith are more realistic targets though ? They'd also offer us the experience we badly need.
What do you guys think ? Would be interested to hear your thoughts.....