Signs of life

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There’s definite signs of life, it’s not perfect by any stretch yet but there’s progress.

Despite losing against Lincoln on Saturday Latics provided the best response to the 5-0 drubbing against Hull.

A performance that was full of plaudits and a performance were Latics were well worth a point if not at all three.

A lack of finishing and another mistake in defence conspired to us not getting anything out of Saturday’s match but the feeling at the end of Saturday was a world away from the despondency that greeted Wednesday’s defeat.

Despite the performance against Lincoln we were in danger of falling further behind the chasing pack at the bottom of League One if we failed to get anything from the match with Bristol Rovers.

Conditions on Tuesday didn’t lend themselves to scintillating football but Leam Richardson’s side still put on a decent display. Latics went ahead early in the second half but were soon back on level terms after Bristol Rovers got back on level terms.

After the clock ticked to 95 minutes it seemed that Latics would once again be looking down the barrel of points thrown away. That was until Norwegian gem Thelo Aasgaard stepped up and whipped a free kick in to the area that avoided everyone other than Scott Wootton.

This was as precious a three points as one could imagine. We’re still in with a fighting chance if we can cut out the defensive mistakes. There’s still a lot of games to be played and we seem to raise our game against those sides above us in the table.

There’ll be no harder challenges than Peterborough on Saturday afternoon but if we show the kind of performance we have over the last week we’ll be ok.

All eyes are now over on Begbies and the never ending takeover. The EFL made positive signs earlier this week only for Paul Stanley to contradict that and himself a few hours later. Time is quickly running out as we head in to the Spring.

Sean Livesey

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