When I was assigned Stoke City v Wigan Athletic on Saturday, I wasn’t exactly expecting a thriller. The home side in particular had struggled to score goals of late and even though Wigan had conceded 13 in their previous two away games, it had the look of a game where one goal would be enough.
However, it was a very entertaining match in the end. One I thoroughly enjoyed covering. It was a close contest throughout, so in that sense, it was better than commentating on Arsenal v Chelsea the other week! You will know the main details of the game – Wigan went ahead, Stoke equalised shortly after, Wigan went ahead again and Stoke equalised VERY shortly after.
The away side did have the chance to win it in injury time, but Thomas Sorenson saved Hugo Rodallega’s penalty.
Overall, it was probably a fair result. The Latics played the better football, but in the end their defending for both goals cost them. Credit has to go for Stoke for hitting back twice as well and making the most of Wigan’s defensive limitations.
To finish – five conclusions from Stoke v Wigan and a very dull picture of some notes I had on the game.
1) If Wigan could defend, they would be a very good team. They play attractive football.
2) Stoke will be in the Premier League again next season. They don’t know when they are beaten.
3) Maynor Figueroa scored the goal of the season so far. Here it is if you haven’t seen it.
4) Sanli Tuncay is loved already at the Britannia Stadium. So much passion and hard work from the former Middlesbrough man.
5) Thomas Sorenson knows how to save a penalty. The Danish keeper has stopped five out the last six spot kicks against him.