Turning a corner?

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What a difference a week makes, I’ve written that what feels like a million times this season. But the difference between this week and last week has been clear.

Last week was tough for the Wigan Athletic faithful. In a year where the kicks have kept on coming last week felt one of the worst weeks through this whole period.

A dispiriting defeat to Charlton followed by negative sounds of a takeover falling through once again.

Then came Saturday and the sun broke through the clouds both figuratively and literally.

Before kick-off news leaked out about a deal for the sale of the club finally being agreed between administrators and the Bahrainian consortium who have been long term suitors over the last few months.

What followed felt like one of the most complete performances of the season as Latics finally got it right at both ends of the pitch.

The returning Will Grigg was marshalled by a superb defensive performance and Latics forward line were as clinical as we’ve seen this season.

It was more than three points though. With the hopeful news of the takeover it felt like a symbolic win on Saturday. A first win at home since December and a first win hopefully on the road to our recovery.

Sunday saw some more flesh on the bones of the takeover with the first names emerging thanks to a linked holding company appearing on Companies House.

The names are interesting that’s for sure and there seems to be a lot of football experience there. It’s very difficult to comment on the motives of our prospective owners.

We know so little but with time running out and our very future at threat we need to hope they have our best interests at heart.

To cap off a near perfect week Latics travelled to Devon to face Plymouth and returned from the South West with all three points thanks to goals from Viv Solomon Otobar and Curtis Tilt.

Jamie Jones put in one of the performances of the season and with a defence that held firm under concerted pressure in the second half.

It feels like a corner has been turned on and off the pitch but we’re not done yet. Not by any stretch. Thanks to Sunderland appearing in the EFL trophy at Wembley this weekend we have a weekend off and then a crucial game away at Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

Confidence is high at the moment but we need to harness that and do all we can to ensure our football club remains in League One next season.

Sean Livesey

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