Blog: Wigan vs Wolves preview – Three, the not so magic number

Three games ago, Wolverhampton Wanderers fans were enjoying their sides unbeaten start to the season, a return of five points from three games was very promising and augured well for the Midlands club. However, three games later, three games in which three late goals meant Wolves equalled their worst ever Premier League run has curbed the early season optimism, forcing even the most optimistic of Wolves supporters to admit that their team face another probable relegation battle.

Mick McCarthy’s side haven’t been playing badly – they are one of only three teams to have netted in each match – yet a series of late defensive lapses have proven costly. “We’ve played well”, said the Yorkshire born manager, yet he readily concedes that “it counts for nothing if we get no points after a while.”

Wolves travel to Wigan today hoping to match last season’s result, a hard-fought 1-0 victory courtesy of Andy Keogh’s sixth minute header. Yet Wigan have aspirations of their own, they have improved following their horror start to the season and well be targeting this fixture as one of the more winnable matches. Four of their five points have come away from the DW stadium – with home matches against Blackpool, Sunderland, Chelsea and Man City yielding just one point, Martinez will no doubt understand the importance of claiming all three points today.

It is still too early in the season to adopt the almost obligatory phrase of ‘relegation six pointer’, but with each side on just five points, three points here would be vital to the survival prospects of either team.

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