TALKING SPORT - All is not lost for Liverpool-conquering Latics

Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis

ANYONE else feeling a sense of deja vu?

That growing confidence, that unmistakable air of optimism?

Latics seemed down and out last year when, somehow, they clawed their way out of trouble. And for all their trials and tribulations this term, they look well-armed to do it again – as their stunning win at Liverpool shows.

Sure, they remain second-bottom of the ladder with eight games to go.

And their home-straight includes three considerable obstacles of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal next month. But one defeat in seven suggests all is not lost, and there are enough winnable games in the run-in – and enough tough tests for their relegation rivals – to suggest that all is absolutely, definitely, positively not lost.

The first of those fixtures sees Stoke City visit the DW this weekend, and memories of Wigan’s victory at the Britannia on the final day of last season should still be relatively fresh.

It won’t be easy against Tony Pulis’ charges, who ran high-flying Manchester City close last weekend and whose style of play is not the easiest to contend with. But if Latics can maintain their recent performance levels, they have it in them to pick up three points which could well see them climbing out of the bottom.

‘WE was robbed’? Not exactly. Sure, Brett Hodgson’s match-winning penalty was kicked from the wrong place.

But it was a deserved penalty, none the less. And pointing the finger of blame at Richard Silverwood is – well – pointless, without blaming Epalahame Lauaki for conceding it in the first place. Or, for that matter, all the other players who made mistakes. Shaun Wane is wily enough to know that, just as politicians will lie and petrol prices will rise, referees will make errors. And Silverwood made plenty, for both sides, last Friday night.

But what a hugely-entertaining game – even if it did not produce the result Wigan wanted.

WHEN Bradford Bulls sold their Odsal stadium to the RFL in January, chairman Peter Hood said: “The sale safeguards our immediate future.”

Few realised ‘immediate’ meant just two months, with news surfacing this morning that the Bulls – once the super-powers of Super League – are at death’s door and in serious danger of going broke.

It’s sad for Bradford, sad for their fans and sad for the game. And, so soon after the Crusaders debacle, it’s also another damning indictment of the licensing system which is supposed to scrutinise clubs’ finances to ensure such grave situations don’t arise.

I NOTICED the tabloids pretended to be in uproar over the lack of red on Great Britain’s Olympic kit, just to give them an excuse to use pictures of Jessica Ennis.

A cheap trick, and one you’d never see repeated in a local newspaper...