Coming together

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Coming together, it’s all starting to come together nicely.

No mean feat considering all that’s gone on this season but coming together it is.

Saturday’s win represented the first away win since York in early December and the first league away win since Exeter in October.

It’s been a long time coming but we’ve got close on a number of occasions, this time the Thelo Aasgaard show really did fire us in to life.

Aasgaard’s season can mirror ours really – strong start, a couple of mid-season stutters before emerging to look the real deal. He’s had an un-lucky year with injuries has our Scouse Thelonious.

First off that shoulder injury picked up in mid-August against Carlisle, and then when he was getting back towards his best he was once again knocked out for an extended period after picking up a ligament injury against Exeter in the FA Cup.

Over the last couple of weeks that has seen a return of three wins from four Aasgaard has been key to all of those wins, he’s finally beginning to show the continuous form that we know he’s capable of.

It’s hard to forget just how long Aasgaard has been playing for Wigan Athletic, thrust in to first team far earlier than one would have expected him to thanks to administration.

He’s nearly made a 100 senior appearances for the club yet is still only 21 years old. He is one of biggest success stories of the academy and under Shaun Maloney really seems to be finding a place in the side.

It was ironic that one of Aasgaard’s first goals for the club came in a 2-1 defeat at Peterborough back in the dark days of 2021.

Returning to London Road this weekend was like he had come of age. Saturday was a fantastic win, the last few minutes were a bit nervy but to go to one of the favourites for promotion and not only come away with three points but score three goals shows that we’re getting there.

We’ll have the bouts of inconsistency like the defeat to Stevenage but these are becoming less regular, instead the side are really beginning to show what they’re made of.

It’s back home this Saturday and the visit of Gary Caldwell’s Exeter, they had a torrid time after we beat them in the Autumn but Caldwell seems to have turned things round since then.

Poor Gary and his coaching staff sounded really bitter last year after those two wins for the Latics, which is sad to see. I wonder if he ever did speak to Maloney again?

We’ll find out on Saturday.

Sean Livesey

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