Eight left to go – how are your nerves? That win over Bolton certainly gave us a bit of breathing space but if we don’t follow it up with a positive result against Brentford it puts us right back in the mire again.
The aforementioned Bees have had a mixed bag of a season, under Dean Smith Brentford were flying high at the top of the table with four wins and two draws from their first seven games. Smith’s departure for Aston Villa coincided with a dramatic loss of form and a drop down the table. Brentford have recovered in recent weeks with their only defeats coming against promotion chasing Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion.
How do Latics approach the game against Brentford? Put simply Paul Cook’s side need to carry on where they left off against Bolton. The display against the Wanderers was exactly how Latics need to approach every game over the next few weeks.
Attacking with purpose but more importantly being clinical in front of goal. The forward four of Gavin Massey, Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Joe Garner were excellent against Bolton and if they start again hopefully we can carry on in the same sort of vein we did against Bolton.
Brentford are of course a far more difficult prospect than Bolton were but Latics can take heart from an easing of the injury crisis that they’ve faced over the last few months and once again being at home. The difference in our performances both home and away is startling and if Latics can manage to get some sort of result against Brentford on Saturday it will leave us in a decent position to fight in the final month of the season.
With three tough matches against promotion chasing Bristol City and Norwich City sandwiched in between a clash with Hull City it’s imperative we get something out of Saturday’s match.
I’ll be interested to see the difference in Paul Cook’s media conference on Friday morning, ahead of the Bolton game it looked like the gaffer was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Hopefully that win against our local rivals has lifted both he and the squad.
This season was never going to be easy, indeed it’s been tougher than many expected but a couple more wins could well see us over the line and for a Wigan side that has been relegated twice in our last two Championship seasons survival however it comes will be an excellent achievement. Let’s carry the lads over the line.
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