Another three points but this was no walk over, and there’s no telling how important a win Scunthorpe could turn out to be at the end of the season.
Expectations were mixed going in to the match at Glanford Park, though we were on the back of two wins we were heading to the side with an equal defensive record to ourselves. A side notoriously difficult to break down but Latics found a way and once again could have been further ahead if attempts had gone our way.
Dan Burn has been nothing short of a revelation since he arrived at the club. Those opening weeks where he was struggling to find his feet and getting the crowd on his back are long gone and his form over the last twelve months has been fantastic. You can see why Gary Caldwell brought him to the club last summer, long may his stint in our defence continue – especially if he’s going to pop up with goals like Saturday’s on a regular basis.
Nick Powell was once again in the right place at the right time and although it may not be the sort of goal you’ll see from this Latics side on a regular basis, it came at the right time.
Powell is another one who is finally showing his worth, firstly under Graham Barrow and now under Paul Cook. He’s turned around the fans opinion of him, much in the same way Burn did and after watching him get crucified during the match away at Barnsley last season is no mean feat.
Another two big games coming up this weekend, Southend have had a mixed start to the season – so much so it’s difficult to predict which of Phil Brown’s sides will turn up. He’s been quiet of late has the former Bolton favourite, so much so our list of a 101 things Phil Brown definitely does in the Mudhutter fanzine hasn’t really grown much.
I’m off to Gillingham on Tuesday, because one of the longest away days of the season on a Tuesday is an ideal way to spend your one day off of the week. I’ve never been before and with how the League One table looks we may not be making the trip to Kent again for a while.
I’ll never forget the gloating from the 40,000 residents of Kent who turned out to watch that Gillingham team win in the play-offs at Wembley in 2000. I’ve never felt pain like it, but looking back at our respective fortunes I think it’s fair to say we’ve had the better of it, in the last sixteen years.
First published in the Wigan Post, Friday 13 October 2017