Wigan’s undefeated home start came crashing down, along with the end of the Whelan era on Sunday in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
This leaves many of the Latics faithful worrying about the future with the new Chinese owners after a 23 year period of stability in the hands of owners who genuinely had the club’s best interests at heart.
Even more imminently worrying is the sides steady descent down the table. After a promising start, some of the more enthusiastic fans were dreaming of back to back promotions. The more realistic, or negative depending on how you want to look at it, of us knew that the time would come when the form dropped and the league position started to look a little less pretty.
In fairness to Cook and his men, it isn’t hard to see why the form has dropped. The front four of Massey, Powell, Grigg and Jacobs were fully unavailable in the last game, and only Powell is likely to return in the near future. Equally as unhelpful, has been a run of three games against teams in the top four of the division, the last of which sees the Latics travel to the riverside this Saturday.
The hosts are one of the more solid outfits in the league, but aren’t exactly thrillers up front, taking an unsurprising 0-0 against Stoke last time out. Wigan though, in worse form, looked off the pace against a fast passing Leeds side, although they didn’t have to work too hard to score two gifted goals.
Wigan Predicted XI:
James Dunkley Kipre Robinson
Middlesbrough 2-0 Wigan
Injury riddled and generally easy to score against away from home, even the misfiring Boro forwards should knock a couple past this side with little to offer up front other than maybe Nick Powell, should he be declared fit. The solid Middlesbrough back line could be able to sit, feet-up with cigars on should the Latic’s star man remain side-lined.
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