Q&A With Wigan Athletic

  • December 13, 2013 | By Robert Hurst
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/17811

Bolton travel to Wigan Athletic on Sunday. Ahead of the trip to the DW Stadium, we have got the views of a Latics supporter.

Dougie Freedman's side make the short trip across Lancashire this weekend, looking to spoil the party in what will be Uwe Rosler's first game in charge of Wigan.

Ahead of the game, we have got the views of Jon - a 29-year-old who has been watching his beloved Latics since the age of 17. Jon's favourite memory is seeing his club win last season's FA Cup, as well as a memorable 3-2 victory over Arsenal in 2010 - a game in which Wigan trailed 2-0 with just 10 minutes to go.

Andy Liddell, Nathan Ellington, Victor Moses and Charles N'Zogbia are among his favourite past players, while Emmerson Boyce, Shaun Maloney, Roger Espinoza and former Trotters favourite Ali Al Habsi are just some from the current squad.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Jon shares his views on Wigan's decision to part company with former Wanderers boss Owen Coyle, what their targets are under Rosler and why a Thursday night UEFA Europa League game shouldn't have any impact on Sunday's result.

Q: For any relegated club, promotion back to the Premier League is the obvious target at the start of a new season. With Wigan currently 14th in the Championship, how do you think the Latics have adjusted to life outside the top tier?

A: The first thing to address would be the change of manager. It is always tough to adjust to losing a manager, especially one as good as Roberto Martinez was. It's easy to blame him for relegation but we were unlucky with injuries and I think that is what cost us.

As a supporter, I was expecting to be in a better position but I don't think Owen Coyle was the right man to take over - Steve McClaren was my choice. With this in mind, I don't think they have adjusted well to the Championship but I don't blame the players for this.

Q: Former Wanderers boss Owen Coyle was manager at the DW Stadium up until the beginning of last week, when he was sacked. What were your expectations when he was appointed and did you think he deserved to go?

A: I expected more from Coyle. He had done well with Burnley but then relegated Bolton - I was thinking that he must be a Championship manager.

With the recent run of form, something needed to change. It wasn't the performances or results that were changing, so maybe he needed to go and I am happy with that.

Q: With a new manager in charge, how confident are you for the second half of the season; Where do you think Wigan will end the campaign?

A: I am happy with the new manager, although, at the time of writing, he has yet to take charge of a game.

I was happy with what he said in the press conference - he has left Grant Holt at home for the Maribor UEFA Europa League game, to rest him for the match against Wanderers. He appears to know what he wants and how he wants the team to play, he is confident and did a great job at Brentford. I am more confident now than I was last week and believe that we can still get to the play-off places with a view to promotion.

Q: After a recent upturn in form, Bolton are just one place behind the Latics - in 15th. Do you think Wanderers can mount a promotion push over the coming months?

A: Bolton have won three of their last four away games so Sunday's game will be a tough one for Wigan, especially after the game on Thursday against Maribor. But I hope we can begin our own upturn in form, starting with this game.

We should not forget that the Latics have a game in hand. There is no reason why Wanderers could not challenge, they have two games coming up that they should win (Charlton Athletic, Barnsley), followed by three tougher games, but the confidence of winning the previous two should help with these. But, as we know with some results across the leagues in recent weeks, anything can happen.

Q: Which team will finish higher, and why?

A: Wigan should finish higher - I hope that Uwe Rosler can 'unlock' players talents.

We have the chances - plenty of them - but we need a player who can finish them. I think the manager has some ideas and in January he might bring in a player or two.

Q: Ex-Trotters goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has been on the books at the DW for a few years now. Do you think the £4million Bolton received represented good business for both clubs?

A: Ali had a good loan spell with Wigan and I am happy that he is our player, although we have missed him a lot recently with injury.

I think £4milion was a fair price at the time and it was good business for both clubs.

Q: Which Wigan player do you think will provide the biggest threat to Bolton's hopes of getting a positive result on Sunday?

A: It would be easy to say Holt because he is being rested, but when Nick Powell gets going he doesn't stop moving about - and he can finish too.

Q: Which Wanderers player do you think Uwe Rosler will be telling his players to look out for?

A: Jermaine Beckford has scored six goals for Wanderers so far this season, so I guess keeping him in check would be a good place to start, but I think Andre Moritz could do the most damage.

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be when the two sides meet at the weekend?

A: Tough to call with Bolton's recent form and Wigan having a new manager, but I think 2-1 to Wigan.

Moritz, Boyce & Powell to score.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Jon for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @Jailbrkr21.

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