Following the let down that was Blackburn away, the Wigan game offers a very good chance at 3 points. Wigan have parted company with manager Owen Coyle very recently and go into the game without a manager. So this can go one of two ways, either Wigan play awful like manager-less teams sometimes do or they can play out of their skins for whatever reason that may be. Because it’s Leeds they are playing it is very likely that they will play the best they ever have. Lets just hope it isn’t like previous Wednesday night games that we all thought we would win…
Going into the game we have suffered fresh injury news in the form of a Hip injury for Ross McCormack and a Knee injury for Tom Lees, making them both doubts. Now I’m not one to panic but Leeds without Ross McCormack!? Not forgetting that Blackstock is already injured, we may have to play Varney. Now I know this is a scary thought but try to stay calm, hopefully common sense will prevail and we will get to watch Poleon and Diouf instead, or at least Matt Smith. If Tom Lees is out of the game then we may have to ditch the 5-3-2/3-5-2 formation, unless Peltier gets put into the middle of the defence. I think the most important change in the team that Brian needs to make is in the wing back positions. Sam Byram and Stephen Warnock, especially Byram, HAVE to come back into the side. Lee Peltier and Danny Pugh at wing back is just cringe worthy to watch and I think it’s safe to say Warnock would have scored that chance at Blackburn… Byram speaks for himself, he is our best player and when he is in the team we tend to play 10x better. He is also our most creative player, if Ross is out then he will be vital.
I still think we will win the game, mainly due to the fact that Wigan don’t have a manager. With a big crowd expected, it should be a great atmosphere and hopefully this helps the players. We usually play better when there’s a good atmosphere. A good win could easily see us into the playoffs and with a game against a under-performing Watford at home again on Saturday this is a real chance for us to get up the table. If we come through these two games our next two are Doncaster and Barnsley, I’m not usually this positive but we could easily win all four.
Come on Leeds