Talking Sport - Latics can still stay up

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THE league table may suggest otherwise, but I’m still confident Latics have what it takes to get themselves out of trouble.

As anyone who watched the game at Eastlands on Saturday will testify, it was hard to differentiate between the bottom side in the Premier League and the richest football club on the planet.

There are now nine cup finals remaining, with Roberto Martinez reckoning 13 points will see us safe.

With matches against the likes of Birmingham, Blackpool, Everton, West Ham, Sunderland and Stoke to come, it’s more than do-able if Latics can hold their recent performance levels. And their nerve.

THERE was a familiar name on the scoresheet during Genoa’s 5-2 defeat at European champions Inter Milan at the weekend.

Mauro Boselli spent much of the first half of this season struggling to locate a cow’s backside with a very expensive banjo.

But Roberto Martinez maintained all along he would score goals when he’d found his feet after his move from Argentina.

It’s a real shame he had to be almost a thousand miles away when he did.

I DON’T usually welcome texts at ungodly hours on a Sunday.

And it took me a minute to digest my old man’s message to: “Get it on, Jimmy’s going through ‘em”.

But I’m glad I did raise from my slumber and switch Sky Sports on, in time to see Jimmy (Anderson) and co see off South Africa in a thriller at the Cricket World Cup.

This just four days after we lost to whipping boys Ireland.

Which in itself was 72 hours after we’d held favourites India to a 676-run draw.

Past World Cups have only usually got going at the knockout stage, around the time England get knocked out, but this tournament has been thrills and spills all the way.

IT’S been a long time coming but it looks like boxing fans will finally get the fight they’ve been waiting for when David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko go toe-to-toe to unify the world heavyweight title.

The Hayemaker owes me (and thousands of others) one after the farce of his recent victory over Audley Harrison.

Fortunately I recovered the cost of shelling out for the non-fight by backing Haye to win inside the first three rounds.

And I have to back him to return from Germany with Klitschko’s IBF and WBO titles to go with his own WBA title.

It won’t be easy, but Haye has the speed, the power and the style to see off one half of the most feared brothers since the Mitchells ruled Albert Square.

I’VE worked on magazines before, and the early deadlines are always a pitfall.

Which is why I had some sympathy for the publishers of Rugby League World magazine, when the latest issue landed on the sports desk this morning.

Included in the mag is an interview with Martin Gleeson in which the centre, facing the sack from Wigan, comes out with such gems as: “My time with Wigan has been wonderful so far.”

Oh dear.