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Three times Wigan have Wiganed themselves

Urban Dictionary:

Wigan(verb) To do f**k all for a period of time before being saved by temporary brilliance.

E.g “I didn’t study but I Wiganed that test.”

Wigan Athletic were known in the Premier League for such feats during Roberto Martinez’ time at the club, this season under Paul Cook once again they Wiganed themselves to safety.

Two wins and two draws out of the last five games, have seen the Tics climb to 18th and nine points from safety. A remarkable turnaround, especially with them having been lurking around the bottom three in recent months.

Stunning results against Leeds and Norwich would have left fans wondering what could have been, if these levels were reached on a consistent basis for more than the last month of the season.

However, this is not the first time Wigan have done this, has we take a look at some of the Tics greatest escapes…

Wigan Athletic 2012

Wigan made their most incredible escape from relegation in 2012 under Roberto Martinez. They had a terrible start to the season, and it snowballed throughout the season, with nine games left a miracle was needed.

What followed was not just a miracle, but more of a movie script. Latics won seven out of their last nine games. beating the likes of Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal along the way.

They finished 15th and seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Wigan Athletic 2011

The Latics started the final game of the season in 19th place after hovering around the bottom three for the majority of the season after winning only seven games all season.

They had a decent run into the quarter finals of the League Cup, however the final four games became the highlight of the season – winning two and drawing two, pulling themselves out of the bottom three to finish 16th on the final day.

Wigan Athletic 2006

In Wigan’s second season, they struggled and failed to hit the highs of their first season. Having hit a little bit of a purple patch in October/November, Latics season nose dived.

On the last game of the season, Wigan needed to win to stand a chance of safety against fellow strugglers Sheffield United.

A 2-1 win ensured Premier League survival by one goal having finished level on points with the Blades

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