After Thoughts on: Securing a Points to Safety

Scott Heavey

Was it a good point? Arguably yes, but it should have been all three for Latics. With QPR down to ten men after 20 minutes, Wigan should have pushed on and secured three massive points to securing their Premier League safety.

Roberto Martinez said it was our worst attacking performance of the season during his post match talk with the Sky Sports people. Personally I would go one step further and say it was our worst performance of the season. We may have had a few big defeats this season, but in none of those games have we looked so feeble and out of ideas.

That has to be the biggest worry, we didn't look like scoring at all. Yes QPR shut up shop had two rows of four and watched us play the ball about, but their was no urgency and their was no potent attack. That for me was down to Shaun Maloney being off the boil for the game.

Yet before the game, I think all Wigan fans would have taken a point away from home at QPR. It keeps them seven points behind us, and means we are level on points with Sunderland and only two behind Aston Villa.

Yet that is the problem, while we struggled to hit form, other teams around us where managing to win games. Norwich, Newcastle United and Aston Villa all winning key games and climbing further away from the drop. You have to feel that those three clubs will not be looking over their shoulders too much in the coming weeks.

It is the likes of Stoke City and Sunderland we now have to target to over take on the points tally.

So what good points can we take from the game? Getting a point is one thing, even though we didn't play to the best of our ability we still managed to pop up with a goal. That came courtesy of Shaun Maloney like as I mentioned earlier was off the boil, yet when we needed him to get a goal he came up with one.

The other good thing we can take from it, was that Callum McManaman put in another good 45 minutes spell for the Latics. He twice came close to scoring and had he managed to net one of them, then we could be looking at this game in a very different way.

Apart from that, I can't see what else was good. Antolin Alcaraz was good but he shouldn't have had to work has hard as he did. It will be a learning curve for this side, and hopefully we can become stronger because of it.

In the league our next trip is away to the current Champions Manchester City. That will never be easy and if we get anything from that, then we must be doing something right. But there is better news as we next play Millwall in the FA Cup and who isn't excited about that!

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