Another three points for Christmas

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This side haven’t got close to even reaching their full potential yet and that should strike fear in to the rest of League One.

Another Saturday, another three points, another convincing win and another four goals. We’re completely on target and the minor blip of drawing with Blackburn and losing to Bradford last month looks to be well behind us.

It was an excellent first visit to Kingsmeadow for Paul Cook’s side on Saturday. Backed by a noisy contingent from Lancashire, Latics set out their stall early against a physical Wimbledon side. Attempting to play their football whilst the Dons as expected try to make it in to a battle.

Wimbledon would have been the happier of the two sides at the break but there was only one team in it after half time. Latics showed all of their attacking talents in that second half with the pick being Powell and Power’s goals. Jacobs opener and Toney’s virtuoso goal late in to the match sealed the points with Noel Hunt going close to adding a fifth.

If Latics can get a win against Oxford on Saturday we’ll be on 51 points. That’s with two games still left to play in 2017 – in other words keep up this form and we’re on target. Blackburn look to be getting their act together and like us in 2015/16 are leading the chasing pack. As long as we keep ahead of Blackburn the likelihood is we’ll be promoted.

I think we’d have all taken that after last season’s disasters. It’s all about setting the pace now and Cook’s side are doing that so well.

Hot on the heels of Wimbledon it’s a first visit to Oxford this Saturday. I’ve always wanted to visit Oxford but by the time I started watching us in the early 90s Latics were beginning the rise and Oxford were on the wane. Still football is a great leveler and we travel to the Kassam Stadium on an equal footing on Saturday.

Chey Dunkley will be revisiting his former stomping ground but I imagine Oxford are a very different side this season from last now that Michael Appleton has left after the great job he did.

A win for those Latics fans making the long journey South before Christmas would be the ideal present.

Sean Livesey

First published in the Wigan Post, Friday 22nd December 2017

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