A week of varying emotions for Wigan Athletic. From the despair (bit much ?) of that insipid defeat at Shrewsbury on Saturday to the elation of going to one of our fellow promotion challengers and comprehensively outclassing them on their own patch.

In the process ending Charlton’s own 100% record at home and earning our first three points at the Valley.

It’s difficult to point to what went wrong at Shrewsbury, it had all the makings of one of those classic Latics away days. But as is often the case, events on the pitch don’t match up to the build up and hype surrounding the match.

We simply couldn’t get going on Saturday, Shrewsbury stopped our game plan and it was worrying to see just how gutless we were in attack.

It felt like there was a hangover from the international break, and was so often the case in our Premier League days we failed to perform to the level we know we can. Admittedly – gone are the days where we would have whole squads worth of players called up to international duty.

Just Sam Morsy and Lee Evans from the first team. I maintain postponing the Northampton game was a mistake, especially as Northampton now look to be in great form under their new manager.

Still we shouldn’t get too down about a performance like that, as I said earlier every team will have them. We had a few last time we were in League One and still finished up as Champions.

What is key is how a team responds to the disappointments, and my word did we respond on Tuesday. 24 attempts, 12 of those on target. Three goals and a performance that was the polar opposite to Saturday’s defeat.

With four out of five of our next games at home, we could really set down a marker in these next few weeks. We’ve bounced back well from a defeat, let’s see if we csn get back to winning on a regular basis.

Sean Livesey

First published in the Wigan Post 12th man column, Friday September 16 2017.

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