We continue our special FA Cup coverage with the second and final part of our fan Q&A.
Here we have Wigan Athletic fan Tom Parkinson who came forward to answer our questions ahead of the fourth round tie this weekend. We thank Tom for his time taking part and encourage you to let him have your thoughts by contacting him on Twitter here.
This is what he had to say.
Q. How has your season gone so far in your view?
So far it has been quite poor, a lot of our fans expected this seaon to be a walk in a park. However it has not been at all. Disapointment occured almost week in week out under Coyle. Losing games which under a decent manager we would have walked. It has left us in a poor position for the rest of the season. But under Rosler, who knows what can happen.
Q. Are you happy with how things have gone at the club since your new manager was appointed?
Uwe Rosler has been the change we all needed. He has come in and changed us back to the passing football we all loved under Roberto. He has brought in a few good signings which even though they are loans should mean a good change for us.
Q. Where do you think you will finish this season in both the league and cup competitions?
I would like to think that we can make a serious push for the playoffs, especially now we have got Rosler in charge. We sit with in touching distance of playoffs and with a game in hand we sit in a good place to push for that place. When it comes to the cup I would love to see us go all the way again, however, I do feel it would take a massive miracle for us to do it again.
Q. There are plenty of links between Wigan and Palace with Victor Moses, Emerson Boyce and Ben Watson playing for both clubs. Are you looking after Emerson and Ben and how highly are they rated by Wigan fans?
Both Emerson and Ben are legends at the club. Boyce is a legend in his own right, one of our most capped players and always puts in a good shift for the team. Ben is a legend for ‘that goal’. I don’t think a player will ever score a more important goal for us in our lives. Both players are treated brilliantly at the club and both of them deserve it.
Q. What signings do you hope or expect to be made during the transfer window?
We have already made a few good signings this season, Nicky Maynard, Tyias Browning and Josh Mceachran. This being said I would like to see us bring in another striker as this has been our major problem this season, the goals. I would prefer us to stop relying on loans so much and actually buy a striker but a loan with a view to buy would be good. In terms of who we should go in for is a little more difficult. We have been recently linked with Clayton Donaldson which would be a decent signing, however, we need to be aiming our sights higher.
Q. Which Wigan player has impressed and which has disappointed this season?
Our most impressive player this season would be the obvious choice of Nick Powell, the Manchester United loanee has been remarkable this season. Another choice for me would be Leon Barnett who has very much been our unsung hero. He has been absolutely solid at the back. Our most disapointing player however has to be Grant Holt. The ‘super signing’ has not lived up to the goalscorer profile expected of him having scored only two. He has been very lazy and has had very little impact.
Q. Who should Palace be wary of in the game on Saturday?
I would say that Palace should really be watching out for Nick Powell primarily. However, Callum McManaman should be watched as on his day he is one of the best players, not only in the squad but in the league in my opinion. He has got the pace to go past any defender and the skill to beat the defenders he cannot beat with pace.
Q. Who do you think Wigan should be concerned about from the Palace line up?
In my opinion either Jason Puncheon or Marouane Chamakh are the players we need to look out for. Puncheon, like Callum, has got a decent bit of pace that will be make him able to beat any defender. Chamakh however can be brilliant, or can be below average. We can only hope he turns up playing the latter.
Q. How do you think Palace have fared so far in their return to the Premier League?
For me Palace are about where I expected them to be. In all honesty I didn’t expect them to have an explosive return, finishing up in the top half. I did really expect them to be tied up in a relegation battle. But they are doing well and have picked up a few good results recently against Stoke and Aston Villa.
Q. Your prediction for this one?
I would obviously like to see us take the game comfortably. I think the home advantage may just give us a slight edge, if not then I see it going to a replay. I am going to stick my neck out a little here and go with a 1-0 Wigan win with the goal coming from Maynard.
Q. And finally, tell us a little about you and anything that you would like to promote.
My interest in Wigan began when I was at a restaurant just down the road from there. Currently being used as an away pub I believe, however, my Dad told me he would take me to a game some time and I kept on begging him to take me and eventually he caved in. That is when it all began, been supporting the Latics for about twelve years now and have not looked back. Proudest moment while supporting Wigan has got to either be the promotion to the Premier League, taking part in the Europa League or the FA Cup Final win.