Latics line-up exciting end to season

Monday 17th March 2014 10:57

Uwe Rosler: Has overseen Wigan's great run of form

Uwe Rosler: Has overseen Wigan's great run of form

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Wigan FanZoner Lewis Tanner is enjoying the Latics' great run of form and looking forward to another trip to Wembley.

It's a great time to be a Latics fan isn't it? Eight consecutive wins in all competitions have set us up for a very exciting end to the season, with strong prospects of a play-off finish, and yet another trip to Wembley to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final.

I've got to begin with that incredible day at the Etihad. We played so well, didn't we? We ruffled City feathers right from the off, pressing them even in their own defensive third and generally not allowing them to settle at all. It simply looked like we wanted the victory more, and when City finally did throw the kitchen sink at us after the second goal, the team defended heroically to prevent a comeback.

It wouldn't be an understatement if you said that the performance was just as spirited as the one that brought the club FA Cup glory back in May.

A performance in that game that needs singling out is the one of Budweiser Man of the Match, Emmerson Boyce. He was quite simply magnificent, and was the key cog in the defensive machine that kept City at bay. Of course, it's the brilliant block to deny Edin Dzeko a simple tap in that will attract all the attention, but it was his determined, dogged defensive performance throughout the game that deserves more plaudits.

It's an indisputable fact that Boyce is firmly in the 'Club Legend' category; he's the current longest serving outfield player and is of course our FA Cup winning captain. That's why I think that the club ought to do something when the time comes for him to retire. More specifically, I think the South Stand should be named after him. A player of Boyce's leadership and endearment to the fans will probably not come again in most of our lifetimes.

Back to the league though, and our promotion push is well and truly gathering momentum at the perfect time. Whilst it would appear that the automatic promotion spots are out of reach and will occupied by Leicester and Burnley, we look nailed on for a play-off position come May.

A total of 75 points has to be the target for Rosler's men, as this is the total that usually sees teams reach the play-offs comfortably. That would mean that we need six wins from our remaining 12 games, which looks very achievable.

The run-in is rather unkind, however. Not so much in the sense of having tough opposition to face, but rather the sheer quantity of fixtures we have remaining, and an FA Cup semi final with Arsenal to also consider. Apart from Easter, the schedule will see us playing twice a week until the end of the season.

The recent injuries sustained (to Chris McCann and Roger Espinoza) insure that the end of the season will be tough, but with players like Shaun Maloney, Nick Powell, and potentially Gary Caldwell coming back into the side for the run-in, we certainly have cause to begin thinking about a play-off berth, and beyond that, perhaps even yet another trip to Wembley in the play-off final.

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