So near yet so far

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So near, yet so far. Latics are improving – no doubt about that. The question is if that improvement can continue and if Latics have enough to stay up.

It’s still too early to say but the next fee weeks should give us a clearer idea of our fate. Saturday’s match against play-off chasing Cardiff may have had the same result as last Tuesday’s draw with Middlesbrough but very little of the refeering controversy we saw at the DW.

Kieffer Moore finally looks like the striker that we paid for last August. He’s always worked his socks off but until now hasn’t been able to regularly add goals to his game.

With five goals now, two of which came in the Welsh capital I imagine confidence is sky high for the man who hopes to lead the line for his country at the Euros.

Form wise we’re doing ok at the minute, carry this on and we’ve every chance of achieving survival. Indeed we’re only three points worse off from where we were at this time last season. The key is for us not to lose any more ground.

Both Luton and Barnsley made up ground on us at the weekend with important wins, but thankfully it means Middlesbrough and indeed Stoke are still in the mix at the bottom of the table.

Millwall are next up on Saturday, similar in both style and form to Cardiff Bermondsey’s finest aren’t going to be an easy match by any stretch but it’s essential we manage to pick up three points.

The pressure on Paul Cook has eased in recent weeks and the players look like they believe a bit more. That confidence is huge when you look at those draws against Middlesbrough and Cardiff – they were games we would have easily lost a few months, if not weeks ago.

We need to believe we can get those wins now. Do that and maybe just maybe we can start thinking about retaining our Championship status in 2020/21.

With seven days coming up that culminates in a trip to the Hawthorns before we face everyone in the bottom six next month it’s imperative we get as much as we can from the Millwall and Reading matches.

C’mon lads, it isn’t over till it’s over.

Sean Livesey

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