0-6 Chelsea: This just sucks
Two games into the season and Wigan is being outscored 10-0. Just to make us feel a little worse about that, Arsenal beat the team that beat us last week 6-0. Does that mean we are destined to lose 11-0 to Arsenal?
Don’t really know what to say other than Chris Kirkland probably needs to go to the bench if for no other reason than to preserve his sanity. Once again, he looked awful on several goals. The first one was really not his fault, as he made a nice initial save before the rebound was slotted home. He failed to be decisive on the second and third goals and, to be honest, I had kind of lost interest after that. I did see that the defense did not help him on either of the final two tallies.
Beyond that, not sure there’s much that I see changing in personnel. I guess it would be good if Victor Moses was there, but by the time he’s back there’s a good chance Zog will be gone. Games like today probably don’t do much to convince him to want to be in DW Stadium, which it should be noted looked awfully empty for an early season match against a Big Four side.
Despite losing in such a horrible fashion, it should be said there were some bright spots. The first 35 minutes were actually pretty good and I felt like Wigan actually controlled a fair amount of the play to that point. Hugo Rodallega was looking strong, Ronnie Stam was looking solid in his first start and Wigan’s trap was obviously frustrating the Chelsea attack.
The score seemed to change everything. Suddenly, the trap that worked so well was simply leading to odd-man rushes and Wigan lost all control over the midfield. Mauro Boselli had a couple decent chances to score in the second half, but he was correctly deemed offsides on a called-back goal and a well-struck header was right at Petr Cech. He does appear to be adapting to the EPL, though, which might be the only real positive to come out of this match.
Wigan will almost certainly find itself stuck at the bottom of the table this week, unless Newcastle finds a way to lose by seven.
I don’t think I can quite work up intense anger over this, but I will say that I’m starting to curse my destiny. At some point, I really need to see some rays of hope here. I applaud Roberto Martinez for coming out aggressively against a side as strong as Chelsea, but the defense just looks so bad. There seems to be very little organization in back and the entire “system” falls apart if the opponent can just manage to stay onside.
There does seem to be some offensive promise, but at some point there have to be goals. It won’t get much easier next week as we visit Tottenham and we face the very real possibility of returning to DW Stadium against Sunderland winless after three.
Make me a believer boys.