Never a better time to get back to winning ways

07 March 2010 11:09
The visit of Liverpool see's a top four side take on Wigan at thew DW for the first time since Chelsea. It took the club 5 seasons to claim a first victory over a top four side, why not make it back to back home wins? Wigan Athletic has seen much, much worse runs than currently present. Looking back to the 2006/2007 campaign, a run of 9 games without a win felt like it would never end; the 2007/2008 campaign also saw a run of no wins stretching from August to December. Now, another run has begun but the club has got out of it before, proving there will be an end in sight. The game against Liverpool is a great opportunity to rectify this current run of results and fans must keep the faith with Roberto, Jason Scotland and Jordi Gomez who have come in for criticism of late. As featured in the interview with the gaffer, Martinez focuses on points which fans have been talking about of late and everyone must back the youngest manager in the league because of his clear vision for the future, wanting only what is best for this football club. Liverpool have a fight on their hands for the highly valued 4th Champions League spot. Aston Villa, Tottenham, Manchester City and also Everton are all pushing to get there before the Reds but the Merseyside's top club must still be favourites now that Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are fighting fit. It hasn't been the best season for them so far with rumours about takeovers, manager Rafa Benitez's future all up in the air and being knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Reading. Now, a 4th place finish would justify a decent campaign. The ESPN Cameras focus on the club for the first time this season so it would be great to get a decent result. Nobody would have Wigan down as favourites but it is the first time that a 'top 4' side has visited the DW since Chelsea did back in September. A repeat performance would do the club just fine at the moment. It is quite clear where the threat of Liverpool will come from. Gerrard, Torres and Yossi Benayoun are top, top players and can change a match in an instant. Pepe Reina is one of the league's best 'keepers and in Jamie Carragher, they have one of the most experienced Premier League centre backs. As for the home side, Martinez will want N'Zogbia and Scharner fit to maximise the threat of the team. Rumours state that Victor Moses will be given his first Premier League start which will excite fans but Steve Gohouri looks likely to miss out on a place on the bench due to injury. Speaking about the worry of relegation, Martinez told Sky Sports: "No, because it is always about ourselves. It's going to be a really tight finish. "You are looking at probably one of the most exciting Premier League campaigns ever. "Three teams are trying to win the title, then you have four teams going for fourth spot and eight teams trying to avoid relegation. "It is about reaching certain standards, being consistent with them and not allowing your football to be affected by your position in the table. "But I feel that the group we have now is as strong as it has been all season, we have come a long, long way and probably now we are one result away from really finishing the season strong." CLICK HERE FOR THE MESSAGEBOARD