Well you have to wander what is going on at Wigan. Somehow we are slowly but surly putting together a very good string of results, and after two games against two if the league top teams, we have managed to gain two points.
With game number three of the big guns coming up on Boxing Day, any result tonight would be a good result. Yet again the same starting line up was out, something of the magical formula.
However within the first ten minutes, mmany people inside the ground would only have seen one result. A Liverpool win. It wasn't a slow start by Wigan, it was a non-start by the Latics. Letting Liverpool get on the front foot and get stright at Ali Al Habsi's goal.
It was a good job the goalkeeper was on for one of his top games, making four save inside the first twenty minutes. Denying Dowing and Suarez from long range. Before stopping Charlie Adam when one on one.
Yet slowly but surely Wigan got the ball of the deck and start to play the football, that somehow we have learnt. Project Martinez is in full swing, and it for the rest of the first half, Wigan could have scored several goals.
It was only a strong Pepe Renia(good day for goalkeepers) that kept Wigan at bay.Jordi Gomez, nearly scoring after being slipped through by Sammon but for a low dive to Renia's right. Before Victor Moses started to get in on the act.
The winger finding space where ever he was, just placing the ball wide of the post. While a 60 yard run from inside his own half, saw him break one on one with Renia, before blasting the ball stright at the Spaniard. It should have been a goal.
There was even time for Diame to get on the act, when he very nearly curled a stroke, into the side netting. Much better end to the half than the start. Could we carry on into the second?
It was to be a very open second half end to end. With neither team really getting control of the ball. Yet Liverpool would for the most part get the more clear cut chances. A free header blasted over from a croner. While a Dowing worked space in the center of the box, before blasting painfully over.
Yet their best chance was too come, when Luiz Suarez tired to be clever with a over head kick.Only for Gary Caldwell to get a rush of blood to the head, to make the save Penalty to Liverpool. And was Wigan's good work to be undone?
Up stepped Charlie Adam. Going to place it wide into the left side of Ali's goal. Before we saw a spetacular save. Resulting in the ball going out for a corner. The reaction by Al Habsi told it all, sheer delight.
It wasn't an all one way second half Wigan, playing some good footbal, and really looked deadly at times. Yet our lack of ability to find the net showed. It would be our left back that had the best shot on target. Twice making Renia stretch to save shots heading for the corner.
But late on into the game. Moses could have won it. Ben Watson floating a wonderful corner in, saw Rodallega's header blocked only for it to fall to Moses, who could only steer his ball wide of the goal, in a crowded Liverpool box.
A very good game, and a very good result. We should feel like a win was on the cards. For most parts of the game we looked in control, yet we can't force the issue and put the ball in the back of the net.
But you have to say it is another point gained, it what is a tough run of fixtures over the next fee weeks. Keeping up the performances and the level at which we are playing at is imnportant.
Anyone else feeling this could be our year at Old Trafford?