Looking up

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If you would have said to someone ahead of Derby away at the start of August that we would be sitting on 17 points at the start of November they would have snapped your hand off.

When you consider without the points deduction that we would be sat in 7th place they would be even more surprised.

Tell that same person that after that torrid run in September and early October we would win five of the next six games, and be through to the second round of the FA Cup and they would think you had properly lost your marbles.

As the old saying goes let Latics gel and watch em go, well we’re seeing just how true that old adage is.

Despite a number of injuries to first team players against Peterborough Latics managed to see off one of the in form teams in the division, that hadn’t suffered defeat in 11 previous matches and as with Oxford a fortnight before Latics were extremely good value for the win.

After falling behind in the second half Shaun Maloney made a number of brave changes, much to the derision of certain members of our support.

But two of those changes Tom Pearce and Callum McManaman came together for the winner, and what a winner it was.

Lots of people questioned Maloney when McManaman returned.

As with last night maybe just maybe it shows that Shaun Maloney an ex international footballer, FA Cup winner and Uefa Pro Licence coach may know more than me and you about football and the footballers he works with every day.

As with Saturday’s match with Exeter the confidence amongst this young side is building match by match.

With a run of favourable fixtures coming up we could really put some distance between ourselves and the relegation zone.

Imagine where we could be now if Al Jasmi had just paid the wages.

Despite the ridiculous pain caused by the events earlier this year I have a feeling that this has done us good.

It allowed us to bring in a manager with a vision. It allowed us to hopefully bring together a sustainable system for the club under a sustainable owner, as oppose to what we had previously.

But possibly the most satisfying element of it all is seeing our own young lads running the team.

When you can bring on Josh Stones, Chris Sze and Callum McManaman. All academy graduates and all with something to say in the match it’s a great day for the club.

Things are looking up, we’re in safe hands on and off the pitch. Give the lads time and give them support and who knows where we could go.

Sean Livesey

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