Could Easter bring about a resurrection for Wigan Athletic and their under fire manager? We couldn’t really have wished for a more difficult two games over the easter period. Middlesbrough who have struggled in the Championship in recent years look to have finally hit on a formula and manager that works for them.
Along with Bournemouth and Watford Middlesbrough look certain to be playing Premier League football next season whilst Easter Monday sees the visit of Derby County who like Middlesbrough have genuine ambitions of playing in the top flight next season.
It could well be a good thing that we’re playing the sides at the top of the division as in recent weeks we have shown that we perform better against the sides at the top of the tree as oppose to those lower down. The same can be said for our home form, away from home we look to have a chance whilst at home our form just hasn’t been good enough over the course of the season but even more so since Mackay took over.
The task ahead of Wigan Athletic is simple we need to overtake Rotherham and we can no longer afford to drop points, wins are the only thing that will get us out of this situation and that means wins both home and away. As such we can’t afford to be defensive anymore, if we lose by being bold so be it. Better than going down thinking what may have been.
Mackay is a naturally cautious manager but that caution needs to be tempered with a focus on our attackers, threatening at one end of the pitch shouldn’t mean a reduction in our defensive qualities.
Martyn Waghorn who has been cruelly ostracised over the last couple of months should be a definite starter after his heroics in the game against Bolton whilst James McClean should make a welcome return from suspension. Both of these players have the quality to create and convert chances something that both Leon Clarke and Marc Antoine Fortune have failed to do in recent weeks.
The gap is currently five points, unless we do our job it could be an insurmountable lead for Rotherham come Easter Monday. It’s down to Mackay and his team to make sure that isn’t the case.