Picking up where we left off

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Seven matches undefeated, no goals conceded in five games and the only surprise being that it was over three and a half months in between game six and seven on that run.

In this new world that we live in Wigan Athletic made it very much like the old world, with an assured and confident display against a Huddersfield team who offered very little.

Results elsewhere on Saturday didn’t exactly go our way but if Paul Cook’s side continue to show this sort of form over the next few weeks we won’t need to worry about those sides below us.

There were worries heading in to the game over how the enforced break during lock down would have affected a Latics side who were flying before it.  The answer is it didn’t.

Apart from Leon Balagoun and Chey Dunkley, Latics were arguably at full strength and the returning Danny Fox who made his first appearance since November slotted right in alongside the ever impressive Cedric Kipre at the heart of defence.

The biggest credit you can give to the aforementioned Mr Fox, is that Latics didn’t miss Balagoun who had been such a presence during that run in February.

What about the experience of not actually being there, but watching from home? It serves a purpose but that’s all. It can never be a replacement for being there and I’m sure it isn’t intended to be. The sooner it’s safe for football fans to get back in to grounds, the better.

I imagine it’ll be a lot harder to watch Saturday’s match online. Missing away games is something that can happen a lot in normal times but not being able to go to a home match will be a different experience all together and not one I’m relishing.

So it’s on to a Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers next. (Happy fella) Tony Mowbary’s side got a decent result last time out against Bristol and will no doubt come to Wigan confident of getting another win in their push for the play-offs.

But Latics also know they need wins to carry on pushing away from that dreaded bottom three. Hopefully Latics will carry on where they left off against Huddersfield and get another crucial three points. So at least we can watch Championship football once we’re allowed in to football grounds.

Sean Livesey

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