12th Man: Time to bounce back

Barnett @ SouthendA disappointing week for the Latics was rounded off by a well earned point at Southend, and although it wasn’t a classic by any stretch we did have chances to win it.

I suppose it shows the progress of this side that we’re disappointed with a return of 4 points from 3 games in a week.

Although we didn’t manage to get that elusive goal against Southend we showed our improved defensive resilience with another clean sheet away from home.

Saturday is the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways and get that bit closer to Wembley, although on paper everything points to a home win we shouldn’t underestimate Barnsley.

A break from fighting at the bottom of the table can do wonders for a side and we need to make sure that we go about the tie in the same manner we did Blackpool and Crewe before that.

I would expect starts for the likes of Hiwula, Murray, Kellet and Vukic who can count themselves un-lucky to miss out in recent weeks after their performances against Blackpool.

Saturday has the potential to be massive for the club and it’s good to see the game moved to a Saturday to get the best possible crowd. Both clubs should be applauded for that along with another excellent pricing initiative from the club. Let’s hope the lads make it worthwhile.

Originally published in the Wigan Evening Post, Friday 4th Deecember