Date: 6th March 2017 at 6:18pm
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The games come thick and fast in the Sky Bet Championship and Blues are back in action once again tomorrow evening as they host relegation threatened Wigan Athletic at St Andrew`s.

There’s no doubting that Blues put in an excellent performance against Leeds last Friday but, ultimately, the result didn’t follow and we have been saying this far too often under Gianfranco Zola.

Tomorrow night really is a huge game and it’s crucial that we come away with three points as we are slowly dropping lower and lower down the league.

Wigan are fighting for their life and will come to St Andrew`s pumped up and ready for battle. If Blues play like they did against Leeds then we should come away with a win but we need to be clinical.

Craig Gardner got his first goal since returning to the club in the last game and I think that his qualities will prove to be key against the Latics.

Playing in that centre attacking midfield position, Gardner is given the licence to roam and support the lone striker whether that be Che Adams or Lukas Jutkiewicz.

It’s crucial that he does this effectively against Wigan because he can really cause them problems with his movement and runs into the box.

As we know, Cheick Keita and Emilio Nsue are extremely attacking wing backs and are always looking to get on the front foot and deliver into the box.

Gardner has a key role to play in supporting the attack and making those runs into the penalty area as and when the full backs get forward and deliver crosses.

If he can get on the end of those crosses then Blues could be in for a good night. We had 27 attempts at the Leeds goal on Friday and to only score one was disappointing.

The possession and shots counted for nothing so it’s crucial that we focus on keeping our shape, creating those chances and then making the most of them when they arrive.

Wigan will come with a game plan and that may be to sit back and frustrate Blues. They know that they will get their opportunities as we are very vulnerable at the back.

Our best chances may come from set pieces and Gardner`s deliveries into the box need to be right on the money.

In terms of quality on the ball, Gardner is up there as the best in the squad. If we can find him in little pockets of space then he could really hurt the Wigan back four and hopefully set us on our way to a win.

There’s no easy game in the Championship and Blues must be on the ball from the first minute to the last. Wigan have quality at their top end that can punish us so it’s crucial that we rise to the occasion and come away with the goods.

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5 Replies to “Key player Vs. Wigan”

  • Key player is Bielik. Zola needs to play him in defence not getting splinters in his backside on the bench. It has to be Grounds, Bielik and Shotton at the back. Otherwise Omar Bogle or Max Power will be turning the likes of Robbo or Cogley inside out and scoring. Also Juke has to start with Adams at top of diamond and Gardner further back

  • Agree Ijaz. Robbo.has to come out and Beliek in. Wigan are in a mess for the game with massive injuries and key man Morsey suspended. I hear 4youth players being drafted in for the numbers. Zola needs to realise this and no excuses for 3points. Draw would be awful,defeat would leave Zola and Panos looking over their shoulders with TTA not amused. Can Zola grind out a win -ugly or otherwise-not sure.

  • My key man,if fit,would be Jukey. Pair him with Adams is our best shot. Tesche I would take out along with MK. Gleeson and Frei in. May concede a goal but should reply with a couple.Another key man could be Keita on as a winger should half time reach no desired score.

  • The key for me is for us not to concede and get the ball forward quickly with decant supply to the front men because if we actually give the a chance we mite just score.

  • Brooklyn Tesche had his best game for a long while versus Leeds. It seems like he is finally getting over his injuries and getting nearer to the player we know he can be. I don’t think Gleeson offers us anything constructive in our aim to win the game. Frei I’d like to see more of but with wingbacks we need a few players in midfield to get the tackles in and win the ball. I think we could play Frei at the top of the diamond with Juke or Adams up top but I think Zola feels that is Gardner’s best position.

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