I don’t know about you but it feels an age since we last played a league game. That frustrating goalless draw with Blackburn may as well have been last season, let alone last month.
A lot has happened since then, any potential takeover talk has calmed down and Latics have progressed through one cup and were unceremoniously dumped out of another.
With that in mind it’ll be good to get back to League matters this weekend. Stuart McCall and his Bradford side won’t be a pushover though. Always backed by a traditionally partisan support Bradford have continued where they left off under Phil Parkinson.
I imagine they’ll be disappointed they still haven’t cracked that return to the Championship but they always seem to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. I imagine like Blackburn they’ll have a strong second half to the season and will be challenging for a place towards the upper end of the league.
Hopefully we’ll be able to stop that from happening, there’s some interesting points to look at selection wise for Paul Cook – who will get the nod alongside Sam Morsy in central midfield? Max Power had played four consecutive matches before the international break, whilst Lee Evans served his suspension. But with Evans impressing against Crawley in the FA Cup and with a first Welsh cap earned in midweek will he get the call?
Will Grigg could also make a return after featuring against Crawley. With the first team having effectively two weeks off since the last match, you would hope they would be feeling fresh – but international breaks do strange things to sides.
So let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of Shrewsbury on Saturday afternoon.
First published in the Wigan Post, Friday 17th November 2017