A David Perkins goal, a surreal cup situation, a Lancashire hotpot to savour and some truly sad news means that there’s lots and lots and lots to chew over this week over in Latics Land.
Let’s begin with a fine display against Blackpool and the elements on Saturday. I think it’s fair to say that the Fylde Coast’s reputation as the party capital of the North West is more than justified where Wigan Athletic trips are concerned as we returned home merry after a 3-1 win on the road.
Close to half time I was telling anyone that would listen that we would turn the game around once we got the wind behind us. What I didn’t bank on was that the strong wind and torrential rain would more or less stop once we’d swapped ends. Yet as soon as the conditions settled down, we got on the ball and our class started to shine against a team previously unbeaten at home.
Wasn’t that a sparkling performance from our young guns on Tuesday night to follow it up with? I wouldn’t know as I didn’t go, predominantly because I chose not to go. I could write 3,000 words about the sad tale of the Checkatrade, and indeed I have done recently but suffice to say you can all make your minds up on it and we should all respect each other’s take on it. I am softening towards the idea of attending the next one, when we won’t be playing a barely bothered kid’s team.
The league tests come thick and fast and it’s a vastly improving Blackburn Rovers who come to the DW next, no doubt backed by that rarest of things in League One, a large and lively away following. They will be looking to benchmark themselves against us given their own promotion credentials, whereas we will simply need to put in another top performance to keep stretching things at the top.
Finally, I’m sure I won’t be the only one in this column to wish all the best to Jordan Flores in what must be a terrible time for him and his family. One of our brightest prospects in recent years, he really is a lovely lad and he comes from one of the biggest Latics’ families around, let’s hope he makes a full recovery. A rousing rendition of “Jordan Flores, he’s one of our own” throughout the game on Saturday would really let him know that we are all thinking about him at this time.
Article first published in the Wigan Evening Post’s 12th Man column on Friday 27th October 2017
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