Is it Humphries time?

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In a terrible twist on words is it time for Sir Humphrey to step up? Not Sir Humphrey Appleby but our own Stephen Humphries.

Another remarkable week for Wigan Athletic, not without it’s controversy it must be admitted but a remarkable week all the same.

It’s six points from six in Wigan Athletic’s return to league action after the un-wanted break over the festive period. Add to that the two cup wins against Oldham and Blackburn Rovers and Leam Richardson’s side look in fantastic form. Scratch below the surface and you may find some concern over performances.

I wasn’t there against Doncaster so can’t comment but Morecambe were definitely the stronger side in the first half, but our true class showed through and a relentless spell of pressure in the second half led to Stephen Humphries first league goal and all three points heading back down the M6 to Wigan.

At this stage of the season, especially with the schedule we have coming up you simply can’t succeed in every match playing swashbuckling football, you have to learn to win in different ways and all the markers point to us being able to do that.

There are the games like Bolton where we can blow sides away, the games like Doncaster where a win can be ground out and the games like Morecambe where we can fall behind yet still show our true class and pick up the win.

There’s still a lot of football to be played and no doubt we will hit a tricky patch at some point but the fact we are consistently winning is an excellent trait to show.

Next up it’s another of the bottom four as Gillingham travel North without a certain Steve Evans and his red faced angry gesticulations. Can’t say I shed a tear when the aforementioned Evans was given his marching orders by the lads from Kent.

But it does mean we’re facing a team in a state of flux, who frankly have nothing to lose and may well put that extra 10/15% in to impress Steve Lovell. We have to be guarded about that, and hope that our effectiveness and strength shines through.

With another break from league action coming up with a week of cup action it’s important that Leam and the lads end this period of three games in eight days the right way.

Could Josh Magennis make his bow on Saturday alongside Graeme Shinnie? Leam may well be tempted to remain with a winning team but with another run of un-relenting fixtures coming up it wouldn’t surprise me to see the side freshened up.

Of course there’s no need to rush Magennis in particular. Could it be Humphries time? I’m sure Stephen Humphries would be the first to admit it’s not gone to plan for him so far this season.

He’s not broke his way in to the first team as of yet but his winning goal on Tuesday and his all around performance pointed to something more. He could feel hard done to, to not start this weekend.

Whoever takes to the field on Saturday give them your all because every single one of these players and members of staff deserve it.

Sean Livesey

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