In the past there’s always been somewhat of an international hangover with Wigan Athletic and I don’t mean the kind brought on by those naughty Belgian ales (looking at you Neil Myers).
No I mean that traditionally following an international break Latics have taken a little while to get back in to the swing of things. None of that was evident against Doncaster last Saturday though.
Despite Doncaster going ahead, Leam Richardson’s side never looked in any real danger of losing the match.
Indeed thanks to Will Keane Latics got another three points without ever really getting out of second gear.
It’s now three wins in a row for the always gelling tics and I’m sure I won’t be the only one who thinks we’ve not really hit our best form yet. The fact that we’re sitting second in the league tells you just how good we’ve been in the early part of the season.
It’s a well trotted out line but nothing is won in September, the key for us is consistency across the course of the season. There will be bumps in the road over the next few months, key is how we navigate those.
Mal Branigan himself said we’re ahead of where they expected us to be at this early stage of Latics rebirth.
The aforementioned Will Keane received all the plaudits again on Saturday and rightly so. Keane over the last six months is reminiscent of a certain Nick Powell esquire.
Not just in his looks or playing style, but a former United youth starlet who had probably lost his way.
Dropping down a couple of divisions before finding his home and indeed his form at the Wigan Athletic respite home for waifs and strays (c) The Pie At Night. Keane was a huge part of what we achieved last season and has taken that form in to this year, keep him fit and he’ll have a major hand in our future.
We should be thankful he took a punt on us at our lowest ebb as he could end up being part of one of the best comeback stories ever told.
So it’s off to East Lancashire on Saturday, 2500 plus Wiganer’s travelling by train, plane, bus and car to get to the humble abode of the Wham Arena. It’s my first away day since Leeds away back in February 2020.
So much has changed since then, one thing that remains though is the anticipation of a day on the beer and seeing new places with your mates whilst watching the lads in blue and white.
I’ve only visited Accrington once previously and in the style of Bob Mortimer on Would I Lie To You that was whilst I was being chased by a huge imaginary Holland’s meat and potato pie for an advertising campaign they were running at the time.
I’m presuming this Saturday’s trip will be just as eventful. But if I’m chased by a giant pie again I know I’ll have drank too much, either that or Crusty fancies a chat.
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