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Wigan – Mark Robins’ last game before the transfer window opens

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Those waiting for the cavalry to come over the hill when the transfer window opens at midnight on Saturday need only endure one more game with the current squad. So in a way, for United to get anything out of Wigan’s visit on Saturday would be a bonus, as the manager gets ready to spend yet more money to try and sort out the problems created by his last spending spree in the summer.

This is going to be a tough match for a whole host of reasons. Not only is there United’s poor record against sides near the top of the table (Wigan are fifth), but our home form is suspect to say the least and Wigan took us apart at their place in August.

Mark Robins spoke about the “work-rate and desire” needed to get that point at home to Rochdale the other day. Well, the same will be required to get anything out of Wigan, especially as we seem so shy about scoring goals in front of our own supporters.

To quote Bartonscorpion on the forum: “9 goals in 12 home matches, that is each goal takes 120 minutes to score, we then have to sit and watch our team defending for exactly two hours till another goal is due ha ha! Or for an adult supporter £30-66p per goal…” And against Rochdale, the stats were: United two shots on target, Rochdale seven.

One wonders also, with the Chelsea game looming, whether in the back of the players’ minds, their full focus will be on beating Wigan or avoiding injury. Down the years at all clubs, balancing priorities in a situation like this has always been a tricky act to pull off.

This will be Wigan’s third away game in a row over the Christmas period, as their home match against Sheffield United was called off, and they won the other two, at Barnsley and Fleetwood. So they are no mugs on the road. We aren’t great at home. A happy new year may have to wait.



Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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