A Glimmer of Hope?

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It’s been a while since I sat down and put pen to paper or rather fingers to keys, regarding the most frustrating football club in the country.

In that time we’ve once again been the better team in all of our league matches, playing Blackburn and Nottingham Forest off the pitch yet only managing one point and slipping to defeat again against Forest when it looked like we would finally get that crucial first away win.

Thankfully Latics didn’t keep us waiting long for that crucial win as we put Birmingham to the sword at St Andrews. Ironically it was probably the poorest of all our recent performances but the difference this time came in that we put our chances away.

We made that domination count and that is so important as we look to continue progressing up the league table. Paul Cook has faced some horrific criticism this season, in a lot of cases criticism that is extremely valid. But fair play to the gaffer he has stuck to his guns in terms of team selection over the festive period and those much maligned players finally rewarded him.

Josh Windass is such an enigmatic player, clearly a talent but one that too many times flatters to deceive. He was excellent against Birmingham as was Jamal Lowe and Cedric Kipre who got the all important third goal and with the calming influence of Kal Naismith alongside him is growing in stature each week.

We can write Leicester off, certainly if VAR was happy writing off our more than valid goal back on Saturday evening. Let’s concentrate on finally putting a run of results together and climbing that table.

Next up is Bristol City, Lee Johnson’s side haven’t been in the best of form as of late and like ourselves have an extensive injury list. Latics need to pick up three points at the DW and make it back to back league wins.

We haven’t left ourselves much wiggle room over the next few months and every game will count. Beginning with Saturday’s match at the DW. Could a new year bring new optimism and some better results at the Dave Whelan Stadium?

Although things haven’t been going too well of late at first team level it’s in stark contrast to the fortunes of our youth team with an U18 side featuring Jensen Weir and Joe Gelhardt knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the FA youth cup.

Alongside that the club’s new academy facility ‘Stadium Way’ is up and running. The plans and visions from the late 2000’s are finally being fulfilled and hopefully Wigan Athletic can become self sufficient both in terms of players and finances.

Sean Livesey

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