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An Interview With A Wigan Fan

Final game of the season, Stan Petrov Day, and only pride to play for as we're already safe - yippee. How is our friendly Vital Wiganer feeling...

With thanks to Worbo from Vital Wigan.

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1) You've finally not beaten the drop after years of your famed end of season form. How are the fans reacting to the news and what do you feel this will mean for the club going forward?

Disappointment but with optimism at the same time, not that it was inevitable but I don`t feel it was a massive shock with the team carrying the amount of injuries to key defenders for the majority of the season, and there in lay the problem, the defending.

As for going forward, so long as we can keep the majority of the squad together I don`t see why we can`t get straight back, we played Forest, Huddersfield and Millwall in the cups last season and battered them all, hopefully that`s a gauge of what is to come, not saying it will be easy but we must start as one of the favourites, well in my mind at least ;)

2) Roberto Martinez, do you expect him to be at the club next season or is he odds on for the Everton job?

Yes he`ll stay, I hope, if Villa and Liverpool weren`t the clubs to tempt him away then I can`t see Everton being the one!

3) What stands out from the season, highlights and lowlights wise? I'm imagining lifting the Cup has somewhat softened the season for you?

FA Cup and relegation in a nutshell, the final was THE greatest day of my life, no question at all, I have never felt emotions like that, simply breathtaking.

As for the low, the defeat by Swansea at home the Tuesday before the cup final, I swear the Swans wanted us to win, it was embarrassing how little they weren`t trying yet we give them three goals and sealed our own fate, that was the day that we really got relegated.

4) Quite a few players have stood out to non Wigan fans like McManaman, and for Villans Maloney looks a different player. Are you hopeful of keeping the team together or are there players you know you will lose now?

There will obviously be some on the move but Maloney has stated that he`s never been happier at a club and why should he move, that is just what the fans wanted to hear, McManaman has only just signed a new three year deal, plus, although he`s been fantastic he has only broken into the first team since March and I think he needs to show it isn`t a flash in the pan.

5) Who is going to be your main dangerman when we play?

Shaun Maloney I`d think, he has been class all season, Koné is also good, big, powerful; and pacey.

6) How will Wigan end the season? Will you look to youngsters for next season, or go out on a high looking to try and thump us?

I feel it might be a bit of an exhibition match, the team owe the fans a great performance at the DW where we have been quite poor on the whole this season.

7) Will you have anyone out who would otherwise play?

McManaman, Ramis, Beausejour, Figueroa, Stam, all injured.

Now with a slightly more Claret and Blue angle...

8) Have Villa performed how you expected during the season and had Arsenal not happened, what were your thoughts on survival going down to our game against you?


I always felt Villa were our main rivals for that last spot on the relegation podium, you`re like us, all the promise of a good side, just weak at the back with individual errors costing, I don`t think my nerves could have stood a last day shoot out, but I was hoping a couple of weeks back that we could have conspired a draw to send either Sunderland or Newcastle down, wasn`t to be though.

9) Do you have any thoughts on Paul Lambert?

He seems ok, changing the squad round like he has done takes time, luckily he`s avoided the drop this season, now he must push on next.

10) What have you made of our youth promotions last/this season, anybody caught the eye for you?

I like the looks of Lowton, but young players can be up and down, hopefully with a season under their belts next campaign they will have grown a little more in stature.

11) Who has stood out most from our summer signings for you?

Erm surely it has to be Benteke, fantastic striker.

12) If you could take one of our players, who would it be and why?

Charlie, we miss him.

13) Who do you see as our main threat in the game?

No one really, I`m just looking forward to an entertaining game of football.

14) Finally, a prediction please kind person?

Like I said previously I think this will be almost like an exhibition game, going for a 3-3 draw and a brilliant atmosphere...and we are hoping to join in your Petrov tribute as well.

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As he asked nicely, here's a link to Vital Wigan's Pre Game Podcast covering the Arsenal game, the Cup Final and the game to be known as 'Stan Petrov Day'.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 16 2013

Time: 4:42PM

Your Comments

nice words, I feel guilty for wanting them relegated now :( I just can't stand Whelan for what he said bout us. Still, great attitude from all the fans.
thefacehead
Thefacehead you have taken the words out of my Mouth, I cannot stand Whelan as everything is about him. Lovely club, play nice football, nice fans and Manager, owner is a pain. Ideal World would have been Sunderland relegated with MON still there so everone could see the fake that he is. COTVABU
irish villa
Well done on the Cup. Bad luck on the relegation (phew for us). And if Marinez is not at Everton in a matter of days I will be gobsmacked. Villa to win 3 1 and finish 11th.
voiceoftheholte
Wigan. L M F A O. Bye bye!
PiperUK
Nice sentiments for Stans' Day. Hope it's entertaining. Prediction, 2-2.
Pride of Lions
Good to see that you're so magnanimous in victory, Piper. Let's hope you can handle disappointment in the same way when it comes.
BobTheBuilder
Piper, bad attitude dude. Like a lot of Villa fans you have an arrogance towards Wigan but hate it when Top4 clubs have that attitude towards Villa. Wigan have deserved their time in the premier and, but for injuries towards the end of season, they wouldve been safe with us or one of the North East 'giants' going down.
TelfordVilla
bad piper really bad . It's no wonder we're hated in some quarters with 'fans' like you . Ignore him Warbo he's obviously a bag of wind hence Piper !!
AstonBilla
Lost all respect for Whelan after he tried to justify the leg breakers challenge vs Toon. Especially coming from someone who's career was wrecked in a similar incident. He's going to lose him now so I suppose what goes around comes around.
Oscararc
TelfordVilla, If's and buts, If Dunne, Vlaar, Albrighton and Gardner not injured at key stages, If Albrighton shown the class he had a couple of seasons back, if N.Zogbia played liek he did for Wigan, If Bent became that 20 season striker we all wanted, If Gardner lived up to the hype without getting injured, if Delph played in the first half of the season like he did in the second half... If everything went right for us we would be top 10. The thing is it didn't and what you are saying is If's and Buts that don't really conclude anything. Anyway we deserved to stay up with our performances and it's a damn shame a team like Stoke didn't go down who will get played handsomely next season for playing unattractive football. Like others have said I like Wigan and the way they play, apart from Whelans remarks, I'm suprised Wigan fans don't hate him either the way he talks about he had the chance to buy Man Utd.
Villa 4 Ever
Yeah, shame for Wigan as their fans are good but Martinez allegedly blew us out and he's on TV at any chance he gets. His luck ran out eventually as you can't play like that for so long and expect to stay in the best league in the world!!!! Wheel an is in a dream world.
Villan444
one of my favourite eds on Vital Football. proud of this network! Hope the Villa fans celebrate the day and act as we are, founders of the league etc, as opposed to rubbing it in re: relegation!!!
The Fear
Felt genuinely sorry for Wigan when they lost to Arsenal, developed a good little side with mcmannamum mccarthy kone etc but will lose most of them now sadly, the fans are unassuming and didn't take their premier league status as a god given right. i hope they come back up next year, they are a great story!
avfcwills10
Am I bovvered? All I care about is AVFC, I don't give two she-eye-ts about anybody else. I laughed my ass off when the final whistle blew on Tuesday, just as I took great pleasure last year in Bolton's misfortune. My attitude is FECK 'EM! They don't give two craps about us so the feeling is mutual!
PiperUK
Loved seeing Wigan beat City in the cup, absolutely brilliant to knock a team of riches off their gold horse. Would have rathered Sunderland go down but at the end of the day it was anyone but us so I was cheering Arsenal the other day.
AdzVilla11
I wish Piper was the only Villa fan with that attitude but sadly Villa have more than a few chavs. Odd that they chose to follow the classiest club in the world when they appear to be so suited to following 'the other side of the tracks'. I appeal to all Villa fans travelling to Wigan tomorrow to show some class and respect. We are Aston Villa and our fans should be as high class as our club is. Set an example of sportsmanship on and off the field. Be a credit to our club and our city.
TelfordVilla
 

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