More fire to come?

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It was good to see Latics bounce back from their second defeat of the season with another six points.

Last time Latics tasted defeat they bounced back with three wins in a row after the Shrewsbury defeat, I don’t think anyone will be complaining if we get the same reaction to that Peterborough defeat.

I saw a stat the other day that said we have one of the longest running undefeated records at home. That record stretches back to April of last season and Graham Barrow’s tenure in charge. That home record is a massive plus point for us, and it seems that we’re well on our way to making the David Whelan Stadium a fortress again.

Even with our current points total and unbeaten home record it feels as though we’re not firing on all cylinders and there’s more to come from this side. The Plymouth match especially could have been a cricket score, we seem to meet defences and goalkeepers having the performances of their career at the moment but the wins are what really matters. Get those, and surely the goals will follow.

Will Grigg looks to be approaching full fitness again and the two goals against Walsall will do his confidence a world of good. What a difference a fully firing Grigg could make to the promotion push.

So it’s on to Scunthorpe on Saturday, it’s never an easy place to go – indeed we only managed one point at Glanford Park in 2016 but with the form we’re in you’ll hope we can get another three points for the title push.

Sam Morsy misses out due to his involvement with the Egyptian national side but that opens up an opportunity for another member of the squad. Max Power is probably favourite to get the nod but David Perkins was excellent when he came on for the second half last Saturday so there’s a difficult choice for Paul Cook to make.

Whoever lines up for us on Saturday you’ll have confidence that they’ll do the job for us, which frankly is worrying for our opponents. It’s reaching one of the busier times of the season with the FA Cup beginning next month and the checkatrade returning alongside the usual league fixtures. If we can get through the next month with the bulk of the squad fit and keeping in touch with the top three we’ll be looking good.

Sean Livesey

First published in the Wigan Post, Friday 6 October 2017

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