Tuesday 12 September 2017

It's the hope that kills you

I have full day in London today, not least going to University College London with my documentation to prove that I am a UK citizen and, yes, I was born in Greenwich but not on a foreign registered vessel (or the Woolwich Free Ferry for that matter). At least UCL are offering me lunch.

I am looking forward to tonight's game, particularly after not being able to get to London on Saturday (thank you, Richard Branson). I think it will be a real test of our promotion credentials. Wigan are currently 8th in the table and have won two and lost one away from home. The defeat was 1-0 on Saturday to league leaders Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews celebrated their 3000th league match with their first win over the Latics since 1991. Wigan charm merchant Ryan Colcough was red carded after the match for foul and abusive language.

Wigan manager Paul Cook said after the game: 'Our big lumps [shurely big players, ed] didn't perform. We lacked a clinical finish in the first half but we have to piock ourselves up and react in a positive way to a negative result.'

Four Four Two forecast a 4th finish for Wigan at the beginning of the season. The fan commentator also thought they would finish in the top six which sounds plausible. The magazine commented, 'A large chunk of the squad that won the third-tier two seasons ago remains in place, even if the club does not have quite the same clout from parachute money that it had then.'

The big risk now is excessive expectations.

Jason Pearce is aggrieved at being let go by Wigan and determined to get one over them, let's hope his efforts don't cross any lines and upset Surrey referee Charles Breakspear: Facing former club

I am using Deutsche Bahn today to avoid the risk of any travel disruption. My efforts to get some compensation out of Virgin seem unlikely to succeed given the need for funds to repair hurricane damage on Richard Branson's private island.

Odds: Charlton 7/4, Draw 21/10, Wigan 33/20.

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