Date: 7th March 2017 at 2:19pm
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I still have bad memories about playing Wigan as it was the game before the heroics at Bolton Wanderers and if we had beaten Wigan, then life would have been a lot easier albeit not as exciting. That was also a mid-week fixture and the Blue’s will be hoping for a better result this time around. The opposition are languishing in the relegation zone as it stands and will be looking to try and claw as many points as they can.

I have many friends (I know it’s hard to believe) that support Blackburn Rovers who played against Wigan just a few days ago. They said that they offered very little going forward and actually didn’t defend all that well for the entirety of the first half. It was only after the Blackburn goal that Wigan really started to try and kick on and even then they were subjected to long range efforts which were off target. As my friend put it, ‘it’s hard for Blackburn to outplay anyone, but they seemed to do it this weekend.’ So I guess that sums it up but knowing Birmingham City, we’ll probably sit back and invite pressure.

Although I have seen a few comments on Twitter that say that we must be looking over our shoulder at relegation and we need to be beating Wigan. To be fair, we need to beat everyone we play in my opinion as I am a very biased fan, but I do take their point. It just saddens me that a club of our stature have tumbled so far down in just a few months. Merely three months ago we were looking at being promoted and now the speculation is all about the other end of the table. But we have been told continuously that the results will come and lets hope that that starts with 3 points against Wigan. Zola will be a lucky man to keep his job if we fail to win.

For a team like Wigan, there are no real stand-out players as they work well as a team but for my one to watch, I have chosen Sam Morsy. He is one of those players that plays in the middle of the park that covers so much distance; they seem to be everywhere. He really does put a shift in to work hard both when Wigan are attacking and when they’re defending. He is a trojan in their midfield. Despite not having the best scoring record, he does like to have long range shots which could be a problem if the weather is particularly bad but also his through balls are problematic. He likes to find the wide players as his first priority for them to swing a cross in so we need to be alert but if we play our normal game, then I can’t see it being too much of a problem.

The tough thing to do will be to get beyond him in the attacking third. We really should win the game. But if we don’t, then it’ll be because we have tried to go too centrally which plays right into Morsy’s hands. We need to try and exploit the widths and really try and outpace the back four. They will sit deep I suspect because the likes of Jake Buxton are not the fastest so we need to approach the game in a different way and I believe this is by trying to drill crosses in.

If we can pull the ball back to David Davis and co, then we can surely get some chances but it is all about getting that first goal. If we do that, then they will come out and attack which leaves more gaps in behind and hopefully the 3 points will be staying in the West Midlands.

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