Martin’s Musings from Wigan: praise for fans’ cure of Bolton hangover

Jake finds the song that fits:
Jake finds the song to fit: Oh, it’s such a perfect day/I’m glad I spend it with you/Oh, such a perfect day/You just keep me hanging on/You just keep me hanging on………….

In his post-match e-mail from Wigan Athletic, Martin O’Neill once again praises the red and white faithful who risked becoming snowbound on the journey over the Pennines to provide the players with the vocal encouragement to help them deal with an early setback. Things got a little more hairy as the final whistle approached but overall the manager was pleased with the performance.

Dear Colin,

It was a really big win for us.

After going a goal behind early on, it was almost as if there was a hangover from Tuesday night, but having said that we responded brilliantly.

We got the penalty, but before that there was decent play from us.

Alfred N’Diaye had a shot go over the bar and the equaliser looked like it might come.

When we got it, we played some brilliant football and put ourselves 3-1 in front.

Monsieur Salut, by Matt
Monsieur Salut, by Matt
See also: Monsieur Salut at ESPN on George Orwell, crumbs on Wigan breakfast tables and supporting Sunderland: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/1014?cc=5739

I would have preferred to come out in the second half and make the game a little more comfortable but that wasn’t the case.

We had problems with Wigan last year and they set up to cause us the same problems. However, we got to grips with it a lot more quickly this year and the goals that we scored were splendid.

Wigan were dangerous on the break. [Simon] Mignolet made some great saves when they kept pressing and we were on the back foot.

They showed great heart and determination to get the goal back but fortunately we saw it through.

The support for the football club is fantastic. The fans came down in their droves to watch us in freezing conditions and they were magnificent.

They took the whole end behind the goal and supported the team right through – it was unbelievably encouraging.

Jake's imagination

All the best,

Beware of forgeries


Martin O’Neill

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13 thoughts on “Martin’s Musings from Wigan: praise for fans’ cure of Bolton hangover”

  1. Bernard, like most SAFC fans I hope you launch your traditional mid-late season surge sooner rather than later. Don’t want to use the cliche about Wigan being too good to go down…..but they could. I think they’ll be ok but like most footie fans what do I know?

  2. I think it”s safe to say we lost that game in the first half. Deserved a draw at the end. Congrats on a good day which also reaffirmed my belief that the Barcodes are doomed. Sadly that last drop place could develop into a scrap between us and them!

    Good luck for the rest of the season

  3. At least Shearer could step in if the Nufc Head Chef is found wanting…..hold on! He tried that before didn’t he? Made a hash of it as I seem to recall. Or should it be a (h)Ashley of it……sorry….I’ll buy a mug as penance

  4. The thought of beans on toast has just put me off my food, Ian.

    And I may be alone on this but baked beans as part of breakfast is a bit like Alan Shearer praising a SAFC display: sweet and sickly and not really in the right place.

  5. six goals in two games. 🙂
    All of a sudden its not beans on toast for us, but full english breakfast.
    I think with Catts and Mangane coming soon, it will continue to get better. AJ is coming into form.

  6. As a largely armchair supporter who only gets to half a dozen games a season, the efforts made by the SAFC faithful are truly humbling. Times are hard and here we have 5000 travelling to a away game twice in a fortnight. Respect is due and it’s good to see MON et al praising the fans. As a club we’ve come on a long way in the last year

  7. This proves once again Bernard Ramsdale’s point that Wigan are no one’s easy meat and that when they win a game it’s not because, as is often claimed, the other side was having a bad day.

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