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SEASON REVIEW: YOUR MOMENTS OF 2013-14

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1 - The FA Cup quarter final victory v Man City.

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14:49 27th May 2014

by Nick Taylor

Your top five moments from the 2013-14 season revealed.

Following the end of the 2013-14 season, we posed the question to supporters across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as to what their favourite #WAFCMoments have been this campaign and here is the top five as voted for on Latics Wall, in our unique twist on a season review.

* The most popular suggestions on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #WAFCMoments were used in a poll on Latics Wall.

5 - 3-2 home win v Bolton Wanderers - 5%

Wigan Athletic 3 Bolton Wanderers 2
Sky Bet Championship
DW Stadium
Sunday 15 December 2013

McManaman cele v Bolton 16x9

Three days after his first game as Latics boss, Uwe Rosler faced his first league game in charge, with more than just the search for three points on the line; it was his first home game and first local derby as well.

Latics began the day on a six game losing streak and preparations weren't perfect for the gaffer following the 2-1 defeat in Maribor which saw his side eliminated from the Europa League in controversial circumstances.

What happened next was an entertaining introduction to Uwe's brand of football for the thousands of supporters watching on, a remarkable start to his tenure in the league.

Below is an excerpt from the match report:

"Ben Watson gave Latics the lead from the penalty spot after just 11 minutes, with Nick Powell doubling with an outrageous overhead kick on 24.

Visitors Bolton Wanderers fought back bravely after half time and they soon pulled level through Neil Danns and a penalty of their own converted by Andre Moritz.

As the game became end-to-end, McManaman stepped up to the cries from the boisterous crowd, hitting home the game's winning goal, but with just over 20 minutes remaining it made for a tense and nervous finish, with Latics holding on."

You can watch highlights from the game on YouTube by [clicking here].

4 - Europa League trip to NK Maribor - 5%

NK Maribor 2 Wigan Athletic 1
Europa League Group Stage
Ljudski Vrt Stadium
Thursday 12 December 2013

Gomez pen v Maribor 16x9

As the Club began a new era under Uwe Rosler just days after his arrival, 1,000 fans travelled for the final leg of the European tour. Destination Slovenia.

Bruges and Kazan were ground-breaking journeys for the Club and Maribor would prove to be the last, albeit in controversial circumstances, but the supporters were in fine mood and voice throughout, no matter what the result.

You can watch videos of our fans before the game on YouTube by [clicking here].

Below is an excerpt from the match report.

"Wigan Athletic’s maiden voyage into the UEFA Europa League ended at the Group Stages after defeat in Slovenia – but that does not begin to tell the story of a dramatic game in which Uwe Rosler was left fuming over the decision to send off Chris McCann on the stroke of half time; a decision which turned the game completely on its head.

Both sides knew that victory would take them through to the knock out stages – if Rubin Kazan fulfilled their side of the bargain and beat Zulte Waregem in Belgium and in the end it was Latics who were left with a sour taste in their mouths, losing a game they dominated for most of the contest."

3 - Uwe Rosler unveiled as manager - 7%

DW Stadium
Monday 9 December 2013 

Rosler and Whelan 16x9

After the departure of Owen Coyle at the start of the month, Latics needed a new man in charge.

The Club confirmed the appointment of Uwe Rosler two days before his unveiling at the DW Stadium, as he watched his new side slip to a 2-1 defeat at Millwall on the Saturday.

Come Monday, the former Brentford boss, Chairman Dave Whelan and Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson sat in front of the nation's press to outline their plans for the remaining six months of the campaign and beyond, plans which would see Latics go on to win 15 league games; secure a place in the Play Offs of the Sky Bet Championship, as well as claiming another historic victory over Manchester City and a second consecutive FA Cup with Budweiser semi-final.

In his first interview prior to joining the Club, Rosler said:

“It came a little bit out of the blue, I did expect it but my former club Brentford have been very helpful and understood the situation that such a big club like Wigan Athletic had come in for me and given me such an opportunity and also the fact that my family situation has been quite difficult travelling for two-and-a-half years.

“They gave me permission to talk to the club and everything went very fast.

“I met the players for their first training session and there is a very good feel about the place.

“It’s a big club that comes from the Premiership, eight years in the Premiership successfully, Roberto Martinez did a great job and they are the inspiration for other clubs that this can be done.”

You can watch the full press conference from Uwe's unveiling on YouTube by [clicking here].

2 - First game in Europe - 24%

SV Zulte Waregem 0 Wigan Athletic 0
Europa League Group Stage
Jan Breydel Stadium
Thursday 19 September 2013

Europa League Flag 16x9

As a result of the ground-breaking FA Cup triumph in May 2013, Latics fans were treated to a whistle-stop European tour this season, taking in the delights of Belgium, Russia and Slovenia during the Europa League group stage.

It all started back in September as 2,501 supporters made the 792-mile round maiden voyage to the continent, descending on the picturesque city of Bruges by cars, coaches, ferries, planes and trains.

A party atmosphere had been created in the Grote Markt as fans gathered and indulged on local beer and choruses of well known chants rang through the cobbled streets leading from the main square.

Rain would soon follow, but despite the deluge the fans continued in their merriment and even the three mile trek through Bruges' suburbs wouldn't dampen their spirits.

The anticipation and excitement wasn't quite reproduced on the pitch, with a stalemate played out in the difficult conditions.

Ultimately the day was about creating history and despite the draw, Latics fans left Belgium with Russia and Slovenia firmly in their sights.

Ahead of the game, captain Emmerson Boyce summed up the excitement well, saying:

"This adventure is a reward for them, for their efforts in making this club as special as it is and we as players have to do everything we can to try and send them home with a smile on their face.

"From a personal point of view it will of course be a great honour for me to lead out the team on such an historic occasion."

You can read the match report from the game by [clicking here].

1 - FA Cup victory over Man City - 45%

Manchester City 1 Wigan Athletic 2
FA Cup with Budweiser quarter final
The Etihad Stadium
Sunday 9 March 2014

Perch group cele v Man City 16x9

"Beating them in the final was a dream come true, doing it again in their own back yard is unthinkable. We played them off the park in the first half and I'm immensely proud of the Club after this win."

The words of Chairman Dave Whelan in his post-match interview are likely to echo the feelings of Latics fans after another incredible achievement against the richest football club in the country.

Below is an excerpt from the match report on that day:

"Brave Latics continue fine run in the FA Cup with Budweiser to book Wembley spot.

An incredible backs to the wall performance saw mighty FA Cup holders Latics knock out Manchester City for the second year in succession to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Arsenal – in just about as exciting a game of football you could hope for.

Goals from Jordi Gomez from the spot and James Perch either side of half-time made it twelve FA Cup ties unbeaten and another historic win over City. After Samir Nasri pulled one back, it was edge of the seat stuff, with Latics clinging on in front of nearly 4,000 delirious supporters. Oh and for the record, this was Latics’ 6th victory on the trot. 

It really was an astonishing performance from Rosler’s men, who surprised City by taking the game to them on their own turf , preventing them from having a shot on target for the first hour of the contest – how many teams can say they have done that at the Etihad Stadium this, or indeed, any other season?"

You can watch the highlights from the game on YouTube by [clicking here] and you can see the Chairman's post match interview by [clicking here].

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