Talking Sport - It’s time for Latics to start helping themselves

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IT’S one of the oldest cliches in football, but it rings as true these days as it ever has.

The league table never lies.

Sure, it doesn’t always give the full story but, 10 games in, there’s no getting away from the harsh truth.

It’s just not happening for Wigan Athletic at the moment.

Seven league defeats on the spin – eight in all competitions – tells its own depressing story.

As anyone who was at the DW on Saturday will tell you, Latics were desperately unlucky not to get anything after twice hitting the woodwork.

And that luck has to change over the course of the season.

But, equally, Latics also have to help themselves out of the hole they’re currently in.

Again, both of Fulham’s goals were easily preventable from a defensive point of view while, at the other end, a couple of gilt-edged chances were squandered – the kind of chance the opposition never seems to miss against us.

This weekend, it’s another massive six-pointer at Wolves, who are in almost as bad a run of form as Latics.

Hugo Rodallega scored one and set up the other in Wigan’s crucial 2-1 win at Molineux last year.

What would we all give for a repeat this weekend?

THE widespread response to the Emma Hoolin Appeal has been nothing short of phenomenal, but special credit to one man in particular.

And I don’t even know his name.

One of the Warriors players is, anonymously, auctioning his Challenge Cup winner’s medal on eBay to raise money for the funds. What an absolutely tremendous gesture.

THANK heavens for Sam Tomkins. If it wasn’t for his excitement, his four tries, his X-factor, then England’s 42-4 win over Wales would have made for painful viewing.

But they will need far more than the Warriors man to beat Australia at Wembley this Saturday.

It’s great to see international rugby league heading back to the venue, and heartening to see 50,000 fans are expected (even if it would be better full). With the game televised by both Sky and the BBC, it’s hard to imagine a better chance for England to shed their reputation as big-stage bottlers and deliver the performance they keep telling us they’re capable of.

WIGAN have plenty of previous when it comes to making fans wait for announcements.

Brian Noble’s exit, Michael Maguire’s arrival and departure, Martin Gleeson’s farewell, Gareth Hock’s return, Shaun Wane’s promotion... all have been widely known before they’ve been confirmed by the club.

It was first reported in these pages ages ago that Wigan are signing, or have signed, three players for next season – Epalahame Lauaki and Welsh pair Gil Dudson and Ben Flower.

Last weekend, Flower was asked about his future. “It’s all sorted but I can’t say anything,” he replied.

Why all the secrets?

This is Super League, not MI5.