After the Lord Mayors Show

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Saturday definitely had the feeling of after the Lord Mayor’s Show for me.

The excitement of three matches unbeaten and a takeover virtually completed gave way to that familiar feeling of Latics being just not quite good enough.

Saturday’s match with Accrington started in the finest possible way.

A Callum Lang goal within the opening minute, and it should have been a platform for the lads to build on, sadly the same issues we’ve struggled with all season made a return just when we didn’t want them.

An inability to defend from set pieces and another penalty conceded. Of course Accrington are fighting their own battle and hoping to sneak in to the play-offs so it would have been a game that upset the odds if we had managed to earn a win.

Now we’re left with an uphill battle in the remaining games of the season. It isn’t an insurmountable battle by any means, but the defeat to Accrington and draw with Wimbledon makes everything that little better tougher.

The next few games look daunting but we’ve shown this season that we can take points from those sides higher up the division. With the boost of the club’s future being secured within the next seven days could it be enough to drive us forward to safety?

With what’s happened to the club over the last nine months I think we would have all snatched your hand off if we had been in with a chance of survival and had a takeover virtually completed at his stage of the season.

It’s now down to those lads to show they deserve to stay in League One. Ironic that it’s Paul Cook’s Ipswich up next at the DW Stadium.

Instead of pushing us on to the Championship play-offs it’s Ipswich that are looking to secure a place in the League One play-offs.

Cook spoke about his love for Wigan Athletic on BBC Radio Manchester earlier this week. He spoke about what the club and Leam had gone through in the intervening months and how that has shaped us.

He also spoke at length at his delight about the takeover being close to completion. The pain of what happened to us last summer will never go away and Ipswich’s future under Cook should have been ours.

But with all that said we have the potential to rebuild our future, and maybe even come out of this nightmare stronger than we entered it.

Let’s hope that Leam Richardson can get one over his old mate on Saturday afternoon.

Lord knows we need it.

Sean Livesey

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