There’s getting back on it, and there’s getting back on it. Wednesday night was definitely the latter.
What an emphatic way to get your first win in six matches and in the process rub it in, against those Lancashire rivals who we got one over last season.
The signs of a turn around in fortunes were there against Reading. Latics were by far the better side against the Royals on Saturday afternoon. The same could be said for Wednesday night. The only difference being we took our chances against Blackburn.
Cook sprung a surprise ahead of kick-off with James Vaughan named in the starting eleven, alongside Nick Powell. The gaffer had clearly identified the physical battle his side would have to undertake against an industrial Blackburn side, as a result Vaughan was the perfect man to take up that challenge.
Even Nick Powell’s departure early in the first half due to injury didn’t dampen Latics play. Josh Windass came on and in my eyes had his best game in a Wigan shirt, he linked up well with James Vaughan.
Windass also created two of the goals and looked a threat everytime he went forward. Vaughan too had his best match in a Wigan shirt, whilst Kal Naismith impressed with his attacking play and delivery on crosses
Callum McManaman capped off a fine win and performance with a brilliant goal to seal the win, just as it looked like Blackburn may snatch a point. His celebration and embrace with Cook also should put to bed any silly rumours about manager and player not getting on.
The key for Latics is now to build on this, we know our away form isn’t good enough. But we also know that Bolton on Saturday will present us with the best opportunity we’ll have all season to change that record.
Bolton are in a torrid run of form, the pressure is building on Phil Parkinson and with Latics coming out on top in the first local derby of the week Bolton won’t want to face Latics. If we can get the win on Saturday we’ll be flying again.
A trip to Horwich hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Latics in recent seasons. Certainly since we were relegated from the Premier League. But if we play like we did on Wednesday, and challenge a shakey Bolton side I see no reason why we can’t get a positive result.
First published in the Wigan Post, Friday 30th November 2018