Rumours were abound on Monday night that Malky Mackay would finally be relieved of his duties as Wigan Athletic manager.
Mackay must have realised the pressure was building on him, the result and performance in the previous game at Nottingham Forest simply was not good enough and sadly that followed a near constant theme since Mackay took over.
It certainly seemed that we were in last chance saloon ahead of the trip to the Madjeski stadium on Tuesday night. If not for the manager then certainly for the team, a loss to Reading would have been unthinkable and would have gone a long way to confirming Wigan Athletic’s relegation to the second tier.
Instead a battling performance and debut goal from Jason Pearce earned Latics a valuable three points. There’s still a long way to go and Malky Mackay’s record since taking over is still unacceptable. But Mackay took the game to Reading on Tuesday – out went the conservatism and defensive play and in came two forwards and a Latics team dictating play.
Latics gave themselves and the manager a life line on Tuesday night and need to follow that up with a win against Charlton. If they can who knows – the most dramatic of great escapes could be on.