UWE’S PENALTY CURSE STRIKES
SITTING in his London hotel room last night, Uwe Rosler must have lived this match a hundred times in his brain.
Yet surely even he didn’t dare imagine things would pan out as perfectly as they did for 82 tactically ideal minutes.
Having weathered a mild early squall from the Gunners, Wigan’s gameplan worked to perfection – they sat deep, they stifled, they waited for Arsenal to fall victim to their own frustrations. Then, when they had the Premier League side rattled, they struck with rapier speed. It looked for all the world like a textbook giant killing.
That Rosler’s plans were undone only by a mis-hit probably tells you how well laid they were.
How cruel, then, that his side’s fate should be decided by the lottery of a penalty shootout. And how hurtful it must have been to see a penalty shatter his dreams, just as it did at Brentford last season.