The fixtures are out. Away days are being planned. Now can we sign some players, please?
It’s been a quiet summer so far at Wigan, which was needed after the stress of threat of relegation. Thankfully Leeds’ yearly bottling job happened against Wigan. Here’s to you, Gavin Massey.
We started really well last year with wins over Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Stoke.
It’s important for teams like ourselves to start well, build confidence at home and look to pick up the odd point away. In our experience, it’s usually two or three away wins a season.
So, I have a look at three potentially key dates in our season…
Saturday 3rd August – Cardiff (H)
Our home form last season was brilliant throughout, had it not been, we would’ve been relegated without a doubt. It’s often said the best time to play recently relegated sides is at the start, kick them while they’re down. However, Warnock knows the league, they’ll be up for it from day one. A manager that always has sides well equipped for the league, tough, hard-working with quality up front that can hurt you. It’ll be a tough game, also a good opportunity to continue our solid home form and start the season well.
Saturday 10th August – Preston (A)
Derby day. First away game of the season. 4,000 ‘tics fans. Please don’t lose 4-0 again.
This is a massive game, in my opinion. It will just set the tone for the season. Last season, our away form was dreadful – it felt like we just needed one big away result to kickstart us, it never came, we got no luck whatsoever. Whether it was a refereeing decision, a last minute goal against us, nothing went for us. It’s a huge chance to really get the fans behind the lads for the season. Everyone loves the first away day anyway, it could be a real day to remember if we could beat Preston at Deepdale.
Monday 13th April – Barnsley (A)
I expect us to have the league wrapped up by then, maybe a tad optimistic, we’ll see. Barnsley will have a good season, they play an attractive style of football with a young squad. It’s my favourite away day, and it’s on a bank holiday Monday – the countdown is on. It’s impossible to predict where both sides will be positioned at this point, I just hope Wigan are well away from the relegation zone so I can just have an enjoyable day in Yorkshire watching the ‘tics win 0-4.