12th Man: That’s more like it

Donervon Daniels

I think that’s what they term a successful week, following on from another disappointing result on Sunday afternoon the New Era finally kicked in to gear on Wednesday night and how. Where in the past few games Latics looked laboured and without speed they looked pacey and direct against Scunthorpe.

There were some very good things about the first three games along with some not so good elements of our play. Against Bury in particular we looked dangerous and we should have come away with the win whilst Sunday’s game offered a strong defensive performance. So it was good to see all of that come together last night, let’s be under no illusions – Scunthorpe were a poor side. They won’t be the strongest side we face this season but as the old adage goes you can only beat what’s in front of you.

A lot had been made before the match of a need for us to play 442 as Will Grigg had looked so isolated in his first few games and although I don’t think 442 is the magic formula to all football success that many do it was pleasing to see Craig Davies finally get some game time. The management are clearly taking it slowly with Davies, his injury problems are well documented so to see him get a goal along with game time under his belt was another pleasing aspect of Wednesday’s game.

Playing two forwards won’t always work and sometimes our team selections and tactics will need to be adjusted depending on the opposition but on Wednesday it did work and it was pleasing to see both Grigg and Davies building up an understanding between each other and of course both players getting on the score sheet.

It’s still very early days and as ridiculous as the complaining over the manager, his staff and his players were after the defeats to Coventry and Bury so are the claims that we’ll walk the league after winning one game. Everything this season needs to be treated as a work in progress, we have the makings of a very good side and they need our patience both in the good times and the inevitable bad times we’ll experience this season. Let’s hope the lads can build on Wednesday night with our first away win of the season at Gillingham.

First published in the Wigan Evening Post, Friday 21st August 2015.