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Crisis, what crisis? No not the insight in to the mind of the current incumbent of Number Ten but the supposed crisis Latics were facing following the defeat to Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

In the space of seven days Leam Richardson went from hero to zero, before returning to hero again a couple of days later.

Maybe it shows that post match reactions aren’t the best to gauge the progress of the season.

A few angry voices online do not represent a whole fan base but in terms of toys out of the pram there were some classics on Saturday evening. Very much out of the ‘See I t-owd ya he were no good’ camp.

As bad as Cardiff was Blackburn was in complete contrast one of the performances of the season.

A balanced side playing some fantastic football with no end of heart and enthusiasm saw us get that no home wins all season monkey off our backs.

It could and should have been more too, we were by far the better side and considering Blackburn could have gone top with a win it shows what a fantastic result it was.

The manor in how we won was important as well, quite unfairly this season in my view the team have been criticised for a poor style of football.

The thought process being that we just lump it forward without any thought for creativity. There’s elements to that that ring true of course, but Tuesday night showed that we are more than capable of getting it on to the deck and playing football.

Nineteen points after thirteen games is an excellent return for our first season back in the Championship. Indeed it puts us virtually level with where we were during the 2018/19 season when Paul Cook was in charge.

There were so many standout performers last night it would be unfair to single out just one, but considering there were very strong rumours that Charlie Wyke would never play for us again at the start of the season and when reflecting on everything he’s gone through in the last eleven months he was absolutely fantastic last night.

He dictates so much of our play and we look a better side with him in it, it’s utterly remarkable that he’s managed to get back to such a high level so quickly.

Speaking of Wyke it’s a return to the Stadium of Light for Wyke, Power and Broadhead on Saturday afternoon.

Sunderland have started well this season as they were always going to, and seem to have taken the loss of Alex Neil in their stride. I’d snatch your hand off for a point now.

No matter what happens on Saturday, we’re in a good place as a club and things look better than we ever thought they would be again.

So don’t go screaming for the head of the manager who kept us in League One and helped to win the League One title if we don’t win. It’s not a good look.

Sean Livesey

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