Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Wigan dig deep when it matters

I've had to write this before Sunderland's game last night – clearly that result could be pivotal as to whether or not Paolo Di Canio guides them to survival – but I go to Wigan this evening as convinced as ever that they themselves can pull off yet another act of escapology.

What a wonderful win they had at West Brom, coming from behind twice to take the three points and this with most of their first choice defenders out injured: Figueroa will miss the FA Cup Final on Saturday and won't play again this season.

The theory goes that sometime their luck is bound to run out. I don't hold with that. It isn't luck.

It's a dogged refusal by Roberto Martinez and his players to accept that relegation is their due: the 'refusal' that saw them gather nine points from their final four games last season.

At least four of the clubs currently above them are petrified of another Wigan run like that.

It's a lovely club and I'd far rather they lost the glory game to Manchester City at Wembley if it meant staying up with the big boys.

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