As Bob Geldof and the boomtown rats once sang I don’t like Mondays, well I don’t like Tuesday’s.
It’s been a right old struggle at home on Tuesdays this season. Wycombe was a good performance and of course we had that win over Bolton but since then.
Latics once again followed the script on Tuesday night. Not the one where we return to the top of the league following a comfortable win over lowly Lincoln.
But the script where we once again huff and puff at home under the lights and despite a late rally fail to turn the match around, well we’re the masters within that script.
That’s three consecutive Tuesday’s where we’ve failed to get any points. Four consecutive Tuesday’s with defeats if we include the loss to Sunderland at home.
I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis but equally I wouldn’t be correct if I said it wasn’t concerning me.
More concerning is the amount of injuries and indeed suspensions quickly building up.
Callum Lang misses out on Saturday against Burton after receiving his fifth booking on Tuesday, Charlie Wyke who missed out against Lincoln is still a doubt and after losing Daniel Cousins against Bolton the other midfield lynchpin in Tom Naylor hobbled off on Tuesday night.
It capped a miserable night at the DW no doubt about it, but dear me there were some knee jerk reactions after Tuesday. Primarily on social media, but the non social media Latics fans are as bad.
According to one fella on the way back to the car park we’ll be lucky to stay up this season and ‘that’ Leam Richardson never had a plan B.
It’s a well worn path in WN to go massively overboard after a defeat so I shouldn’t be surprised.
As bad as Tuesday was Saturday was as good, Wimbledon was a different challenge than Bolton but we approached it in much the same way and we were well worth our win.
For the first time this season I would expect near wholesale changes against Burton. Expect Max Power to come in alongside Tom Bayliss, with Tom Pearce coming in to defence and one of Edwards, Massey or Jones to replace Lang.
As I said last week, it’s only October. We’re well ahead of where we expected to be. Let’s not get too down about our position. Nothing was ever won in October.
Indeed during the 2015-16 season we found ourselves in sixth place at the end of Halloween weekend on 27 points after playing 16 games.
This season we’ve played two games less and are on 28 points. Our form on a Tuesday is concerning but if anyone had suggested this back in the summer you’d have snapped their hand off.
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