Got to change some time

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Paul Cook

Saturday followed a well worn path for Wigan Athletic at home. If not the best of the play they certainly had the best of the chances.

Reece James spectacular effort, Chey Dunkley’s bullet header and effort that came back off the upright along with the one on one that Gavin Massey really should have converted. Not to mention the disallowed goal from Anthony Pilkington.

It was a solid defensive display by Paul Cook’s side, although looking at how Brentford fared against Swansea a couple of days later I imagine there’s disappointment that Latics couldn’t get a goal. A goal that would have gone a long way to helping Latics secure their Championship status for another season.

It looks like this could well go down to the final couple of games of the season. If it does Latics need to amass as many points as possible between then and now. It was heartening to see Frank Lampard’s Derby County (c) put Rotherham to the sword on Saturday.

With Rotherham’s remaining fixtures, not many would bet against the current bottom three being the ones who drop through the trap door. But as Bolton showed on Saturday, football can be unpredictable and that’s why Latics have to get as many points as possible.

So on to Saturday – Bristol City have more than exceeded expectations this season. They’re flying high and the job Lee Johnson has done over the last few years will have made the rest of the league stand up and take notice. It feels a long time since we got the better of them at the DW in September – a win that at the time took us up to third in the table.

A barren winter that followed has seen us now in the precarious position we are in. Everything is still in our hands though, and although no one will be backing Latics this next week that away form has got to change at some point. What better time to do it than now?

Sean Livesey

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