Don’t get despondent

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How very Wigan, how very Wigan indeed. It was written in the stars really wasn’t it? A performance like that at Bolton followed up by well that against MK Dons.

I don’t feel the performance on Tuesday was half as bad as it was made out to be.

Yes we were poor against franchise FC but only comparison to our recent high standards, it was probably a match too far for a number of the squad. It must have been a hard call for Leam to make regarding a replacement for Daniel Cousins.

Having Power in that back four has been such a big part of our play in the opening part of the season. But perhaps now it’s the time to move Power back in to that midfield. Against Bolton on Saturday we scored three goals from when Power moved in to that midfield and on Tuesday looked much more composed with him in that position.

Tom Bayliss struggled to impose himself and you can see he’s not had a lot of football in the last eighteen months or so.

But come on let’s have it right, we are absolutely miles ahead of where we expected to be at this stage of the season. Tuesday was disappointing of course it was but as with Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland before that I’ve full confidence that we can bounce back.

Away from the down notes of the week, last Saturday will quite rightly go down in history. The biggest away win we’ve had over the hill in Horwich and a game in which we totally dominated. It’s been a long time since I experienced an away following like that and the lads absolutely delivered when it mattered. Let’s not get away from what’s been built by Leam Richardson here.

Milton Keynes did a job on us on Tuesday but it’s important for us to remember where we were and where we’re heading, there’ll be many clubs in League One who would be willing to switch places with us. Chief among them could be ‘best club in the league’ Bolton Wanderers.

The games are coming thick and fast, after nearly two years of nothing I’m trying to soak up the opportunities to see our football club as much as I can. It was a chance I didn’t think would come again. So it’s off to Plough Lane and a trip to the real dons of Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon. I can’t remember the last time I went on a London away day so the excitement is absolutely palatable.

Last time we travelled to Wimbledon they were playing in Kingston and Christmas came early as Paul Cook’s side ran out four nil winners with Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell, Ivan Toney and a certain Max Power all netting. What I’d give for a similar result on Saturday as we visit Plough Lane for the first time.

Don’t get despondent, get behind the lads there’s a hell of a long way to go yet and nothing was ever won in October. Apart from the award for the best team in the division – ain’t that right Mr Evatt?

Sean Livesey

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