Oppositions View - Wigan(H)
Feature by Dan Buxton
Updated Saturday, 21st May 2011
zog, from WiganMAD, answers the Boothen Roars questions ahead of the season finale
This game is one of the crucial games involving a side aiming to stay up, yet the Potters will also like a win to complete a top 10 season after the disappointment of losing the cup final. With these factors take into account is Stoke(A) one of the better games you could have hoped for to try and keep you in the top flight?
Stoke are one of the teams i would least like to play under these circumstances. Ideally in this situation you would be hoping for a club like Sunderland with nothing to play for and full of injuries. However the Britannia is something of a fortress in the PL and there is no team that works harder in the league. Add to that you will want to give the fans a performance after the last 8 days.
What style of performance will Wigan aim for
We will stick to our guns and play the possession based approach we have all season. Chances are we will start slow and raise our performance as the game progresses. We will struggle if we concede first. However last week should give the players belief that anything is possible.
What reason would you give for the club being in relegation trouble? Who's to blame?
We are a young team, and injuries to key players affected us this season more than any other in the PL. Our weakness is in defence, we have some good players on paper, but we concede many weak goals. Scoring goals is also an issue.
If you could pick one Stoke player for your team?
The Stoke player capable of improving our team the most would be Shawcross, or Pennant/Etherington provided NZogbia leaves in the summer. However i doubt any would want to take a sideways step, and the same applies for Nzogbia when touted by some of your fans recently
If you could give one of your players to Stoke?
If i had to give Stoke one of our players, id just offer one of our worst. However Nzogbia, Al Habsi, McCarthy and Boyce would all be first teamers at the Britannia. Personally i find Rodallega over rated and would accept 7-8m if that was offered in summer.
I don't like to make predictions but i don't think we will win on Sunday. We might get a draw but whether its enough i don't know.