A need for a reaction

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So much for that decent week I was speaking of last week eh?

Latics came crashing back to earth with a bump on Saturday after a comprehensive defeat at Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers.

You know it was a bad day when the most interesting aspect of the afternoon was learning that Joey Barton is Tony Kelly’s nephew.

Barton spoke fondly about Latics and who could blame him when you look back at the affection ‘Zico’ is still held in by the Springfield Park faithful.

But enough of the past, let’s look at the present. Arguably our start to the season has masked some of the issues that Wigan Athletic are experiencing in the present, thanks to the actions of the past.

A young squad, put together at haste made up of free transfers and academy graduates will unfortunately have days like this and indeed for the majority who said they would be happy with a quiet mid table season this will be the case at various points this season.

We have a wonderfully talented young side and when on it not many sides will be able to live with us as shown against Derby, Carlisle and Bolton. But at the same time there will be harsh lessons learned.

I remember travelling to Upton Park during our first Championship season in 2003/2004 and Latics were humbled against a West Ham side that would later beat them to the play-offs. It was all part of the learning curve. These things happen in football.

That is the nature of football and it’s the nature of having a squad primarily comprised of young lads with very little senior football under their belt. To question the manager at this point is so ridiculous it doesn’t warrant discussion.

Our decent start has made way to a bit of stuttering in recent weeks but was anything else ever expected? As long as we see progression and we secure our future in this division it will have been a successful season. Anything else is a bonus.

The visit of Portsmouth this weekend will give us an idea of where we are, we need a reaction and I’m hopeful we’ll see one.

Sean Livesey

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