12th Man & Podcast musings

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Phew, it’s nice to be back in the sanctity of the football pages after the last few days. The Wolves game feels a lifetime away yet we head into a period with two home games in four days.

To fill the void, myself and a few of my fellow Mudhutter contributors did a podcast on Wednesday night with our counterparts from the Brentford fanzine Beesotted and it was a most revealing hour.

The biggest compliment I can give to Brentford and their fans is that they remind me of us. The “us” of ten years ago that is. They have a young, progressive team playing strong, attacking football with a new ground on the way and ambitious owners who are fans of the club as well.

Listening to their fans talking excitedly of taking on and turning over the Championship big guns in a fearless manner didn’t exactly put my mind at rest for Saturday. Their statements that they have replaced both Rosler and Forshaw with relative ease, indeed an implication that both could have actually held them back a bit wasn’t exactly comfortable on the ears either.

Yet the crux of the matter with regards to Saturday’s outcome remains the issue which has plagued us all season: we have the better squad! We have a better squad than most in this division, yet Uwe is yet to find a winning formula with it.

He found it last year when he took us over and he also managed a brilliant winning run at Brentford just prior to us poaching him. Quite simply, we need him to unearth that Eureka moment once more otherwise we are in for a bleak winter.

The Bees will be buzzing for this game in every sense and for us, we will have to unearth our battling, underdog mentality even though we should be clear favourites. The pressure is most definitely on the home team this weekend, but then didn’t we used to thrive on that at one time?

First published in the Wigan Evening Post 12th Man column on Friday 17th October 2014

You can listen to the Beesotted and Mudhutter podcast here featuring buoyant Brentford fans and the somewhat more cautious concerns of us TNS/Mudhutter scribes. Click the link below or at the top of teh page to go straight to the podcast.

https://audioboom.com/boos/2568591-wigan-thursday-pre-match-podcast-beesotted-v-mudhutter

Interesting times and a fascinating game in store tomorrow

 

 

 

 

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