TALKING SPORT - A win this week would make for happy Reading

NEVER been a fan of playing semi-finals at Wembley, until now!

Latics are 90 minutes away from an appearance at the iconic venue, following their comfortable 4-1 win at Huddersfield in the FA Cup.

Overcoming their next hurdle (either Everton or Oldham) would be the latest in a string of achievements over the years for the club, but I’m guessing Roberto Martinez has something else on his mind this week.

This Saturday’s trip to Reading, just two points above them in the relegation spots, is the very-definition of that footballing ‘six pointer’. Lose, and Wigan will be at least five points adrift of safety.

Win, and they could well be outside of the relegation zone come 5pm. Some difference.

TWO Wigan teams played at Huddersfield last weekend.

The day earlier, Shaun Wane’s men fell to their first defeat of the season, losing 22-10.

‘What happened to Wigan?’ I’ve been asked a few times. ‘Did they not turn up?’

The idea that they did turn up, but were just beaten by a good team that played a bit better on the day, seems alien to a few.

It’s to Wane’s credit that he hasn’t looked to use injuries as an excuse, but the opportunities that the younger players are getting now will serve them – and the rest of the team – well later in the campaign.

IT was great to see Jenny Meadows return to the track.

She was labelled one of the “most courageous athletes” in the world by the Sunday Times, for battling back from a nasty Achilles injury that has finished the careers of younger athletes.

Meadows appeared to be on the ascendancy when the problem struck, ending her Olympic dreams and sidelining her for 18 months. Let’s hope she now gets the success that her dedication and hard work so richly deserve.

HEARD the one about the World Club Challenge being expanded?

Of course you have. The same thing is said at the same time every year. And every year, nothing is done.

But now that influential and successful club bosses such as Ian Lenagan, Warrington’s Simon Moran and Leeds’ Gary Hetherington are involved, there is growing momentum to create a bigger, better, competition.

I hope it comes to fruition. The players and fans deserve it.

IF you see me pounding the streets, looking more like Ricky Gervais than Rocky Balboa, no need to offer me a lift.

Wigan’s first 10k run has been organised by Joining Jack, a marvellous idea which will hopefully raise a lot of money for many good causes.

We’ve entered a team from the office, and the banter has already started about who may come last, with yours truly the favourite.

Mo Farah, I’ve told my colleagues, would beat Denzel Washington in a race, but that doesn’t make him cooler.

It’s a weak argument, but it’s the one I’m sticking to!