A funny old game is football. Wigan Athletic will have spent much of the international break licking their wounds after a disastrous display at Deepdale, a 4-0 defeat to, then bottom side, Preston. So, on paper the visit of high flying, free scoring West Brom didn’t hold many good omens. In fact every “expert” that reviewed the game (myself included) said the game was guaranteed goals and had the Baggies as comfortable winners. We’ll take a scrappy 1-0 though wont we.
Before I get on to what could definitely be a reality-checking return to the road at the Den, I must first issue an apology on be half of myself and many other members of the Wigan faithful who turned their noses up at the starting XI. It was the first time the fans have really doubted Cook as a manager and there was plenty of griping at the inclusion of Gary Roberts and a fair few moans about Josh Windass too. As it turns out the pair were the best players on the pitch on the day, so Cooky, I’ll never doubt you again. Also an honourable mention to West Brom manager Darren Moore, who is one of the most gracious and honest mangers I’ve seen all season.
The inclusion, and performance of Roberts brings up the question as to whether the 34 year old, who had only seen seven minutes of league action previous to the West Brom game, can play again only three days later. Another surprise inclusion, was Dan Burn at left-back, replacing the fatigued Anthonee Robinson. It certainly was a sight to behold, seeing the 6ft 8 centre-half galloping down the flanks but I would definitely expect to see Robinson come back in sooner rather than later.
The hosts come into the game having made a disappointing start to their season, their usually impressive home form hasn’t been up to scratch although they did record an impressive win over Villa in the last game at the Den. I never take these things too seriously though, it just seems like they are due a good run and Wigan’s terrible away form might just be the opportunity that Millwall need to reverse their season.
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Millwall 1-1 Wigan
Something has to give for both sides here and I think it might be a case of stopping the rot for all included. Millwall need points and a home game against a newly promoted side should be a good chance for a win. Wigan should, in theory, fancy it as well, being only a point outside the playoffs against a team in the bottom three. I think that should make for a good game but due to the poor form of Millwall and the poor away form of Wigan, neither team will turn their noses up at a point.
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