Turning the tide?

Paul Cook

It’s difficult to describe how disappointing the last few days have been, following the home draws against Stoke and Middlesbrough Paul Cook’s side had the ideal opportunity in games against Derby, Reading and Blackburn to put some clear distance between them and the bottom three and actually go a long way to sealing Championship survival

Win at all costs

Leon Clarke and Michael Jacobs

I spoke last week about it being a crucial week for Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic – two games against play-off chasing sides and our only game in hand on the chasing pack below us. Sadly it was a week that didn’t deliver much. One point from two games where we really could have done with

Start as we mean to go on

Will Grigg

Five points, three games and three games unbeaten. Many will think last week could have gone a lot better others will think that we’ve finally turned the corner after a poor autumn. Either way I think there’s a lot to be positive about going forward. Hopefully we’ve started December as we mean to go on.

Not Got a Clue

Not Got a Clue

I sat down to write a preview for the Derby and Huddersfield games earlier and got about 750 words in before I realised that I’d basically just said “I’ve not got a clue”.   I’ve not got a clue why Latics are in the position they’re in, I’ve not got a clue why Warren Joyce is struggling to get, at least, the same level of performance out of the team that Gary Caldwell did and I’ve not got a clue how we’re going to get out of it.  So I’ve started again.

Rash team selection puts Latics on back foot?

Rash team selection puts Latics on back foot?

Five minutes in and the over-riding thought of Warren Joyce’s first ‘proper game’ at the DW Stadium (it’s only right, for so many reasons, that we wipe the Reading game from our minds) is that at least we’re not 2-0 down (I said “only fair”, we were 2-0 down after 5 minutes, that sort of thing isn’t easy to forget).  But with Derby and Latics holding the dubious honour of being the Championship’s joint lowest scorers, that was hardly ever going to happen.

Turning points

Turning points

I’ve spoken so much about turning points this season that we must have done a nine point turn over the course of the opening months of the season. Was Monday a turning point? It certainly felt like it. Warren Joyce’s first victory as Latics manager wasn’t pretty but my was it needed. If we had failed to win on Monday night it would have heaped the pressure on a fragile side already under the cosh along with pressure on a manager only a month in to the job. 

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