Everton turned off for five minutes at the back, and Wigan capitalised. But more than that they played with strength and teamwork.
When they were under pressure at the beginning of the second half, and looking at where they are in the Premier League table, one would have expected them to capitulate; but they didn’t. Wigan held on for an historic win, definitely an upset, and continue marching towards the FA Cup Final.
Three goals from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez secured a place for Wigan in the semi-final of the FA cup, but what’s more important to take away from this game is the spirit that Wigan played with.
Their players weren’t the best on the pitch, but they played with enough gusto and gumption to get the job done. Martinez has always had the support of his board, and it has been good for the team, no one is calling for him to get the chop, and why would they? He knows how to fight the hard fight, but now Wigan need to transfer the spirit shown in the FA cup into the league. If they do that, another season in the top flight is assured.
With Newcastle, Norwich and Swansea coming up as their next three home games in the league, Wigan will feel that they can get at least five points; and wining at Goodison Park, shows that they can win away from home. So claiming all three points against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road must seem like an achievable feat. Martinez just needs to transfer the energy and cohesiveness that he managed to get out of his players against Everton, into the Premier League.
You can’t say that any one player in the Wigan team was a stand out performer, because they all were. It’s not that Wigan have been bad this season, because like always, a few changed referee decisions here, or a bit of luck there, and they could be sitting tenth in the table, but the belief that was instilled in the team has been lacking until now.
If they can push through, and keep that until the end of this season, there is no reason why they can not only survive but also challenge for the top half of the table next season.
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