Latics in control on march to promotion

It could well have been a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday as Latics got back to league action against in-form Gillingham.

After the cup heroics of the previous Saturday, and the struggles to score in recent league games at the DW it wouldn’t have been surprising for Latics to not get all three points against the Gills.

But once again predictions like that were clearly nonsense. From minute one against Gillingham, Latics were in control. Nick Powell pulled the strings throughout the match and showed that when on form, no side can deal with him.

Two fine goals from Will Grigg and the aforementioned Powell was all it took to see Latics earn another three points on the march to promotion. Results elsewhere made for interesting reading, with Shrewsbury once again getting a late goal to keep their own promotion campaign right on track.

But in Devon, Blackburn suffered a damaging defeat against Plymouth. Blackburn fans still maintain they’ll be promoted as Champions, but they’re going to have to get a move on if they are to over take us.

Away from the pitch it seems the takeover has moved a step closer. But as more details are revealed it feels like we know less than ever before.

A lack of information in takeovers of football clubs like this isn’t new. But if papers filed this week are to be believed we were all thrown off the scent with the supposed involvement of online gambling company K8.

Instead it seems Cayman Islands based IEC (International Entertainment Corporation) are the soon to be new owners of Wigan Athletic. Reports online range from the company being part owned by one of the richest families in Hong Kong or a professional poker player. Make of that what you will, until anything is announced though it’s all speculation and as worrying as it is, there’s very little we can do at the moment. Certainly when any little information that is available is clouded in secrecy.

For the time being if we concentrate on on the pitch matters we won’t go far wrong. And thankfully Paul Cook and his players are doing a grand job of that.

This weekend marks the start of three matches in ten days, culminating in that FA Cup tie with Manchester City. Southend and Blackpool aren’t on the same level as City but both pose their own threats.

With another weekend off league duty for the cup coming up, two wins in the league would be the perfect way to keep up the pressure on our rivals. Let’s hope the lads can continue their great form.

Sean Livesey

First published in the Wigan Post, Friday 9th February 2018

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