TALKING SPORT - Loss highlights the need for window shopping

New Warriors coach Shaun Wane
New Warriors coach Shaun Wane

THERE’S usually at least one giant-killing, so it shouldn’t really have been a shock that Wigan were beaten by Swindon last weekend.

Their failure to see off a team from League Two – ‘Division Four’ in old money – is embarrassing.

Roberto Martinez was quick to speak about the positives – mainly, the performances of youngsters Jordan Mustoe and Callum McManaman – but what about the displays of the senior players? The likes of James McArthur, Franco Di Santo and Hendry Thomas?

Sweeping judgements are always dangerous, and it’s not fair to say Latics are worse than a League Two team after one defeat. That suggestion carries as much credibility as saying they’re good enough for the Champions League because they claimed draws against Liverpool and Chelsea weeks earlier.

And the hidden blessing from the defeat is that the last thing Wigan needed right now – given their current fragile position in the table – is a Cup run.

But that hardly makes the loss any easier to stomach, and fans will be hoping Martinez can use the next three weeks to strengthen the squad before the transfer window shuts.

JUST when I thought it was safe to hate Man United again, one of my favourite players comes out of retirement!

Forget club allegiances, it’s great to see Paul Scholes – and Thierry Henry, for that matter – back in the Premier League.

Both are getting on and, as such, risk tarnishing their considerable legacies.

But I’m convinced both have something to offer their respective clubs in the run-in to May.

Come to think of it, maybe Martinez will be tempted to follow suit. Everyone’s got their favourites... it’d be great to see Arjan De Zeeuw back out there on the pitch.

HERE’S a sentence I never thought I’d say or write – I can’t wait for Sunday’s trip to Hull KR.

Players often say the off-season is short but for me, it feels like a very long time, and I’m looking forward to seeing some live rugby league again.

Sure, it’s unlikely to be the same as a competitive game. Friendlies rarely are.

But it’ll give me a fix until the real action begins, and it’ll be interesting to see what changes Shaun Wane has made since he took control, as well as see what the new recruits have to offer to the team.

LAST week, Wigan’s 800m athlete Jenny Meadows told this paper that if she won an Olympic medal, she could be locked up in a dark room for a year and she’d still come out smiling.

For me, that summed up perfectly which sports should and shouldn’t be at the London Games.

Would a footballer, tennis player or golfer say the same as about winning a medal? No chance.

If the Olympics isn’t the pinnacle of a sport, it should have no place at the Games.