Often Partisan

Four in a Row? Wigan Preview

Lee Clark takes his Birmingham City side to face Wigan Athletic looking for a fourth win on the bounce away from home and to extend the current seven match unbeaten streak.

Wigan Athletic

The Latics lie twelfth in the table, four points in front of Blues with a game in hand. The appointment of Uwe Rosler has arrested a run which saw Wigan lose six games in succession in all competitions, bowing out of the Europa League after losing away to NK Maribor and at home to Zulte Weregem, with the Latics winning their last two games.

Ben Watson is suspended whilst Scott Carson and Emmerson Boyce are doubts; Nouha Dicko could come into the squad after being recalled from a loan spell at Rotherham United.

Blues

Blues are still missing Mitch Hancox along with fellow long term absentees David Murphy and Neal Eardley but there are no new injuries after the Forest game. Both Kyle Bartley and Paul Robinson now lie one booking away from suspension although Bartley will benefit from the cut off for five yellow cards after the Blackburn game.

I think this is a tough one for Blues; Wigan have bounced back under their new German boss and confidence has come back into their side. However, despite only drawing with Forest Blues played well for long spells and if they can continue to replicate that form they easily have a chance to take three points today.

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  • StaffsBlue

    We need to get something at both Wigan and Blackburn – even a point in each would do – to stop them pulling away from us. If we were to win at least one, we’d inch closer to the top half. If we lost both, they would be 6 or 7 points ahead of us.. meaning we wouldn’t get near the top half for perhaps another month or so (at least.)

    A couple of away points and 3 against Barnsley and we’d be right in the mix. Come on lads, you can do it. KRO!

    • Gary R

      I’m sorry to be cynical and pessimistic, but I’m more concerned with the teams below us than chasing any above us. I’m being realistic more than anything else. In the 7 game unbeaten run, we’ve played some good football, but at the same time we were lucky at Bournemouth and anything like that performance at Wigan and we’ll get spanked.

      As Paul Devlin said the other week, we should be trying to get at least 10 pts above the drop, just in case the dreaded R-word happens. Not staying it will, and I don’t believe it will either, but at the same time I’d rather have the reassurance that, whatever happened off-the-field, we wouldn’t be relegated from the Championship.

      As far as I’m concerned, any grandiose notion of a late play-off push is wide of the mark and a little bit pie-in-the-sky, but I admire people with that kind of faith.

      I’d take a point at Wigan now – right now.

      I think our next two home games are crucial – Barnsley & Yeovil. They’re really make or break. We need at least 1 win out of those two, but ideally, I believe we’ll need 2 wins.

      • StaffsBlue

        For me, watching the teams below us is a negative attitude. I’m glad the management and players don’t think like that. If you’re aiming to catch the teams above you.. surely that automatically pushes you clear of the bottom. For me, we should be just setting our sights on the top half of the table. Anything more would be a bonus.

      • Chris W

        I agree that we need to get 10 points clear of the drop zone, but disagree regarding chasing those above. I said at the start of the season that mid table is realistic but finishing 21st or 20th will be a good season too, we have no control over of field events and it would be a travesty if this group of players were punished after the effort they have put in thus far…
        Aim high has to be our goal but we all know the reality of events and 10 point margin has to be the goal now.
        A good point under the circumstances at Wigan now we move on to Blackburn where 3 points is easily attainable for our die hard Boys in Royal Blue…
        KRO+DNM

  • Chris W

    Blues are playing with a lot more freedom away from home and tend to show a resilience for a good fight against teams above them. Bournemouth was a classic of backs to the wall but managed to win
    Wigan will be a harder nut to crack, but if Burke is on form and we can get something working down the left then a win is attainable, however I feel that the Christmas spirit will have set in and fear only a 1-1 draw. Unfortunately with family commitments I shall be at the opposite end of the country today…
    KRO+DNM

  • http://oftenpartison sappy dad

    shoudnt that be 8 in a row blues ……come on brum ..work
    between the sticks is king …..work between the sticks

  • DoctorD

    I’d take a draw today though I think there will be goals. It’ll be 1-1 or 2-1 Wigan.

  • BigmanSteve0

    I really hope we beat these 9ricks today we got relegated & these lucky 4kers survived
    C’mon blues 3 nil em
    Kro Sotv dnm

  • clubclassblue

    It would be great to get something out of todays game. There looks to be a good team spirit at the moment and some good individual performances. We’re a distance off play off contenders but its all about consolidation at the moment and its looking better than early season.
    Hopefully those who returned for the Forest game will be there New Years Day.

  • StaffsBlue

    Considering the circumstances… a great result today. To keep a clean sheet with 10 men is commendable. At least with Lingard suspended, we’ll be able to try a different combination up front that might bring us a few goals. All in all, a useful point.

    • mark

      maybe aaron mclean needs a opportunity to earn his spurs……..with that red card for lingard i wonder if i that his death nell to return to utd?? is his return to utd the start of january or the end??

      • StaffsBlue

        We’re getting draws when they should definitely be wins. We have to start making our domination count. Lingard’s approach play is good, but we have enough of those type of players. 2 goals in his last 12 games isn’t that impressive. We need to start putting all these chances away. We have the chance now to try another combination.

        • mark

          there were plenty of first half opportunity that should have been taken but then again if it not your day this is a really good point away under the circumstances of lingard being sending off. Lots of ifs if lingard had stay on maybe we could have gone for all three points……. but it ifs……….
          with blues perilous situation imo i keep taking an unbeaten run anyday…………….maybe another draw at blackburn…………..for me tonking of bansley at home will do me…………….

          • StaffsBlue

            4 points from the next 2 games will do me too. Then we’ll have 6 days to recharge the batteries before the FA Cup game.

  • sandpit72

    Yeah,a good point,all we need to do is sort the home form out & hang in there till the current regime changes,or sorts its act out big time & lets hope there is not too much turmoil during the January window & we may survive even with a potential 10 point admin penalty,if we can do that then the genuine people at BCFC need to be congratulated,THEY KNOW WHO THEY ARE.

  • jazzzy786

    Would’ve taken a point before the game but a win was there for the taking after the first half performance. At least the unbeaten run continues. 4 points from the next two would be an excellent return.

  • http://oftenpartisan Tony

    Burke was causing Wigan all sorts of problems and created a few chances, why did Clark take him off? After that Wigan got back into it.

    • Blue in Spain

      Just to give you something to whinge about Tony, that’s why.

      • mark

        there no surprises with Tony anymore is there BIS Merry Christmas hope spain treating you well……

    • StaffsBlue

      The substitutions were obviously made to shut up shop. No point in going gung-ho and losing the point we already had. A point is always better than none.

      • StaffsBlue

        Just read this in the BM.

        Lee Clark:

        “Obviously Uwe Rosler changed one or two things with his team, in terms of personnel. I had to do that to get fresh legs on because I knew what was going to be happening. It was going to be some effort to make sure we kept a clean sheet.”

  • mark

    bloody excellent result by the lads with 10 men, and a clean sheet, blues should be given a great amount of credit. blues played 4231 which in the first half wigan found difficult to deal with.
    They changed their formation to match ours after half time. imo lingard was maybe unfortunate with his tackle on gromez. But Mc manaman should have recieved a yellow purely for shoving lingard. Imo to your question Tony absolutely right about Burke….but imo clark wanted to keep him fresh we have further matches to come over this festive season, and sorry to say but other players need to step up to the plate. We are not one man team……kro

  • mark

    sorry i forgot our goalkeeper pulled a world class which if it had gone in would been unfair on blues……
    kro…………….

  • mark

    *save*

  • StaffsBlue

    I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that 8 games unbeaten, 1 defeat (a narrow 0-1) in our last 10 league games and 4 clean sheets in our last 6 games. Add to that a zero goal difference and things aren’t that bad. We just need someone to click in front of goal.

    • mark

      could not have said better staffsblue noted that no others have replied must be the xmas punch lol
      and well done to near 1400 fans who travelled we alway salute you all…………………………….kro

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