The away day at Walsall was a trip to remember, super goals, great football on display, a last minute winner, a fantastic atmosphere in the away end with yet again another superb following on the road, a pregame Balti Pie at the home of the Balti Pie and three points to lift us into second spot in the league table.
The heartbeat of the Latics is beating as strong as it has done for many a season, players, supporters and club staff as one screamed with delight when Yanic Wildschut 90th minute strike hit the back of the net, it was no more than we deserved, the scenes that followed though gave an insight into the spirit that is carrying the club through to what will surely be promotion back to the Championship.
I have always felt this season would be one that we would grow into, the quality in the squad was evident from the start, it was just a matter of getting the new players settled in, getting them familiar with the system that we’d be playing and tweaking it a little as the games came thick and fast.
We have certainly grown, unbeaten in eleven games, not lost away in the league since September 12th, yes that’s right September the 12th and just two defeats in the last 25 league games, that is some run of form going into the home straight. We have the second best defence in the division and the 4th best goals scored, hats off to Caldwell and co for turning what was a bunch of strangers into a coherent, well organised team.
They say pride comes before a fall and I am really proud of what the Latics have achieved so far this campaign, with this in mind we must be wary of bogey team Bury who roll up at the DW Stadium on Saturday, already played the Shakers three times this season, two defeats and a draw speak volumes about how we have struggled against our Lancashire neighbours.
We have laid a few ghosts to rest this season, I am backing us to ‘bury’ the Bury hoodoo firmly into the ground come 5pm on Saturday, I feel we will have an emphatic victory to make amends for that dreadful display in the FA cup at Gigg Lane and cement our place firmly in the automatic promotion spots.
With no Balti Pies available at the DW Stadium I am hoping that the Latics will deliver the feast on the pitch and play with spice and full on flavour to really earn their crust and send us all home satisfied with another three points tucked away.
Up the tics!
The above article first appeared in the Wigan Evening Post on Friday 26/02/16 and is reproduced here with permission.
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – The Heartbeat Is Strong
Latics spring into second spot in the table and all is well.
A great away day at Walsall last Saturday, a bit of a PWU road trip, with Balti Pies and a full on ‘of the terrace’ report from Rob, Barry, Gareth and Paul.
We have a chat about the fantastic gesture of free coach travel to Swindon and question Adam as to why he’s declined and decided to go on a £30 return trip instead!
Bury at home on Saturday, can we finally rid ourselves of the bogey team status that they appear to have over us?
Millwall away on Tuesday, we have a quick look forward to the game, but get side tracked as usual!
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