We’ve had worse weeks

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Two games, seven goals scored, two wins. Alright one win came from the bulk of our youth side in the imaginatively named check-a-trade trophy but that’s a decent return by anyone’s standards. We’ve had worse weeks – as the old adage goes.

Saturday was excellent from start to finish as is any away day in Blackpool where Latics are concerned. There’s no understating just how poor conditions were on Saturday. Storm Brian hit the Fylde coast hard and Bloomfield Road, never the most inviting of arenas to begin with was centre to that.

Those conditions probably had an impact on Blackpool’s goal. Any other afternoon it would have been a simple ball for Chey Dunkley to deal with but in those conditions it could have gone anywhere, and it did deceiving Jones and giving Blackpool a valuable early goal.

The seasiders hadn’t lost at home all season prior to our visit, which shows just what a performance it was from Latics once we had gone behind. In those conditions to score three goals and still play some decent football is a great achievement, to beat a solid Blackpool side as well makes it all the better.

It was nice to end a week of take over talk with our football doing the talking, it seems that news about any potential take over has gone quiet for the time being. Which is fine by me, the last thing we need is for anything to derail all the good work of Paul Cook and his players.

It was good to see so many young academy graduates get their  chance against Middlesbrough’s own kids on Tuesday. The fact so many took it so impressively tells me that an area that has been so neglected over the last twenty years could finally be paying dividends. Victor Maffeo and Tyler Golden certainly look good enough to feature in the first team again soon.

Gregor Ricoh has been central to that, it was an area that was identified under Roberto Martinez and luckily the upheaval from the club since his departure hasn’t affected what looks to be an ever strengthening area for Wigan.

It’s Blackburn on Saturday, they’ve had a difficult start to life in League One but we know from previous experience that doesn’t mean they won’t come good at the end of the season. Let’s hope we’re able to put in another performance like Blackpool.

Sean Livesey

First published in the Wigan Post, Friday 27 October 2017

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