Betfair blogger Phil Tomlinson feels that Dave Whelan made a mistake in criticising certain players.
In the aftermath of Wigan’s 9-1 thrashing at Spurs last weekend I can only summise that chairman Dave Whelan’s post-match comments about ‘dodgy signings’ was an oversight.
The Latics’ mauling at White Hart Lane will have undoubtedly left confidence at a low ebb in The JJB Stadium and the last thing Roberto Martinez’s squad needed was a reminder from the chief of their short-comings.
There’s no doubt the Wigan chairman was trying to defend his under-fire manager in the wake of the drubbing in the capital, but in trying to protect the boss, Whelan has undoubtedly compounded the problem by criticising the players.
Suggesting that former Wigan boss Steve Bruce left the club with some ‘dodgy’ signings is probably not the wisest thing that Whelan has ever said and it will be interesting to see how his men get on at the weekend, as the comment has done nothing to improve their football betting odds.
Losing by four or five goals is one thing and after words in the dressing you generally expect a reaction and backlash. However a humiliating 9-1 defeat is a different story and could be much more damaging in the long term.
Ironically Bruce will arrive in the North-West on Saturday with his Sunderland side looking to take advantage of Wigan’s fragile confidence.
And it really is anyone’s guess just what will happen.
The Black Cats have been good on home soil this season, but away from home they have not triumphed since the opening day of the season, however they did manage a draw against Manchester United.
Throw Sunderland’s results into the equation with the results of Wigan, who recently defeated Chelsea 3-1, and it’s better to be a layer than a punter in this weekends sports betting odds.