Date: 30th October 2015 at 8:38am
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This week’s Wigan Evening Post 12th Man feature has one contribution from Vital Latics:

Latics On The March With Power Play

Seven points from the last nine available, 5th in the table and a run of winnable league games on the horizon, things are certainly looking up for the Latics.

At the start of the season the consensus around my friends, considering the overhaul that took place during the summer, if we are in a playoff berth come the end of October then we’d be delighted. That is exactly where we find ourselves, not only that we are also playing with style.

At Bradford on Saturday there was another side to the Latics, the battlers, we came across a real harum-scarum side, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has put together a team of fighters with an extremely direct style of play, cheap season tickets ensure that Valley Parade is rocking for every home game, no place for the faint hearted, but we stood firm, battled and came away with a very creditable point.

With the team settling down into the season and putting in good performances one player in particular, in my opinion at least, has grown in every game he has played, Max Power, his performances, particularly over the past month have been absolutely top notch, his energy is boundless, he is disciplined enough to perform his defensive duties, but also he is creative enough to supplement the attack, as can been seen with two goals in two games against Colchester and Peterborough.

The former Tranmere man arrived at the Latics with a good reputation and he has certainly not disappointed, tenacious in midfield and an obvious desire for the game which is infectious to those he plays with, at just 23 his best years are in front of him, in Power we could have found ourselves a player that will be at the heart of the team, and the club, for many years to come.

So we are feeling very positive and confident at the moment, but it is important not to take things for granted, as the saying goes, pride comes before a fall and it is Halloween on Saturday, we face Swindon at the DW Stadium, a club in turmoil, managerless and languishing next to the bottom of the table, hopefully we will be focused and not put in a horror show, I would expect us to brush them aside but we must be professional in our approach and not complacent.

With Walsall and Gillingham facing each other and Coventry and Burton having tough games, we could steal a march on the four sides above us this weekend, if results go the right way we will be up to fourth and just five points off top spot, but there you go, I am getting carried away with myself again.

Up the ‘tics!

Barry Worthington

Check out the latest PWU Podcast – Swindon Preview, Bradford Review

Contents: Aborted Halloween intros [see Xmas tape] (0:00); Bradford review with Adam’s Off The Terrace Report (1:20) including by any means necessary (4:00), Bradford cornering skill (11:30), PWU Better Grounds Guide (14:20), playoffs here we come (17:50); re-booking the FA Cup parade bus (20:30) and FC United vs Television (22:50); Players of the Season Thus Far & Wildschut wanted? (25:00); Swindon preview with Mick’s extensive scouting report [radio edit] (28:50) and Si’s Promotion & Relegation Odds Checker (35:50); Making Plans for Nigel Miller (38:15)

Unfortunately, due to a technical error (I don’t know what I am doing!) the final 15 minutes including the predictions haven’t been recorded, what’s that you say, ‘a blessing in disguise’!

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