Wigan Athletic: Are My Beloved Latics Really Headed for Relegation?

Coach HZLContributor IFebruary 4, 2011

Brothers in Premier League Arms... but for how long?
Brothers in Premier League Arms... but for how long?Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

I've only been a Wigan Athletic fan for about five years but I have grown a lot of love for the Latics in a short period of time. I'm still learning about the game of football (soccer) but I have genuine concerns about our current position on the league table.

17th place will rarely win you anything in any sport but in this case I cannot possibly be hoping any harder for such a result. Relegation would be terrible as our team has a lot of good, young players who genuinely seem to be learning to play well together.

I've watched every game this season and it seems that all the goals we concede happen during the same three periods of the game.

- The first five minutes of the game.

- The last five minutes of the half.

- The last 10 minutes of the game.

It is terribly frustrating at times and due to the fact that I'm still learning the finer points of the game, I am at a loss as to why it keeps happening.

Roberto Martinez seems to be a great leader and has bonded well with the younger players. Charles N'Zogbia, while obviously wanting to play for a bigger club, has continued to perform at a high standard. Hugo Rodallega has had some great moments and Hendry Thomas has played some really hard-nosed defense on a number of occasions.

Goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has been a breath of fresh air also, although we have let in a few goals lately.

What is wrong with Wigan? Are we that bad? Or have the other teams just improved around us?

What are your thoughts?

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