We were a week late I suppose but Wigan Athletic’s Easter resurrection is firmly ON. Forget the fact we lost both games over the Easter weekend, it’s still the Easter holidays for some kids so that definitely counts.
What a turnaround it’s been, apart from the Accrington match Wigan Athletic have been the better side in virtually every game for the last six weeks. Results haven’t always followed those performances but Leam Richardson’s side have firmly turned that on its head over the last week with two utterly ruthless performances.
Central to that turn around has been the form of Will Keane, who over the last few weeks had looked a shadow of the player we saw last year. After a nasty bout of Covid Will had clearly struggled but against both Doncaster and Sunderland he was heads and shoulders above the opposition.
There is a similarity between Keane and the much missed Nick Powell, it’s not just that they look similar, or played for Manchester United at the same time but their style of play is similar. Keane is enjoying one of the most prolific periods of his career this season and at the age of 28 could well be coming in to his prime.
If his goals and all round play can help to fire Wigan Athletic to the most unlikely survival he deserves a long term contract. As do the rest of lads that have joined us on short term deals. There have been so many standout performances in recent weeks it’s been difficult to single people out.
Though Will Keane has been a big part of our upturn in fortunes, the same could be said for Joe Dodoo who has looked so impressive and managed a goal and three assists in his last two appearances. Or perhaps Viv Solomon Otobar who has been playing with an injury for the last month yet has been such a big part of our attacking approach in recent weeks, himself chipping in with assists and goals.
Or maybe Callum Lang who returned from that suspected concussion against Portsmouth to score the winner against Sunderland on Tuesday night.
Then at the other end of the pitch we’ve Lee Evans who along with the ever improving Funso Ojo has ran our engine room. Or perhaps Curtis Tilt and his partnership with George Johnston that has given the defence such a solid look.
Everywhere you look on the pitch there are heroes running through brick walls for us and although it’s tempting to think we’ve achieved our aims we’ve still a way to go. As Leam commented after that amazing win on Tuesday night we haven’t achieved anything yet.
It’s imperative that we follow up Tuesday night’s win, we’ve failed to win three times a row this season. If we could do that against a Crewe side in in different form it would be such a huge boost to our survival chances.
We’re not there yet but the last week has given the survival bid a real boost, how amazing would it be if we crowned the takeover with the most ‘Wigan’ of survival bids.
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