Oh Dear

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Oh dear, so despite the hype there’s no triumphant Wembley return for Wigan Athletic this year. I couldn’t make the final (if we’d have reached it) so maybe wasn’t as invested in the semi-final with Sutton as the rest of the fan base last night.

I’m disappointed for everyone who was looking forward to a return to Wembley though. Last night clearly wasn’t good enough, but I’d be surprised if anyone had the Papa John’s (RIP Freight Rover Trophy you with da angels now) at the top of a list of priorities this season.

Indeed if we had gone out against Shrewsbury as many expected us too back in November people wouldn’t have batted an eye lid. I realise it’s different once you get so close to Wembley and have it ripped away from you.

There were some ridiculous hot takes on the internet last night after said defeat, ‘that Leam’s cr&p and he’s always been cr&p’, ‘Darikwa should never play for this club again’, ‘I hope we don’t get promoted now’ I’m paraphrasing but that was the general gist of the reaction last night.

Twitter’s a mad place if you ever lose a football match, if you had no idea of our league position and what our last eighteen months as a football club have comprised of you would think we were second bottom not second in the league with some of the reaction last night. Wiganer’s are best at lots of things, and Wiganer’s are most definitely the best at toys out of the pram.

This isn’t to say that criticism is out of bounds, we’ve not been at our best for a number of weeks now and it’s perfectly fine saying that. Hurling abuse to the Captain for missing a penalty and calling Leam Richardson not fit to burn should definitely be out of bounds.

Anyway a win at MK Dons on Saturday and not many will remember Tuesday night, it’s going to be tough though. MK are in fantastic form at the minute, even beating Rotherham last week with ten men. Injuries and suspensions are hitting us hard at the minute so it’s going to be another changed side that take to the field at Franchise FC Stadium but it shouldn’t hold any fear for us.

We’re due a good performance again, maybe it’ll come on Saturday.

I don’t want to constantly refer back to last year but it’s important to keep it within context. We’re second with two games in hand, we reached the FA Cup fourth round this season and the semi-finals of the EFL trophy. Yes we shouldn’t have lost against Sutton but if we’d have been offered this at the end of last season you would have absolutely snapped their hand off.

Give the lads the support they need to get over the line, they need it now more than ever.

Sean Livesey

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