Three Positives to Take from What Has Been A Tough Start to The Season

by | Nov 15, 2020 | News

Just need to hold on in there

As Wigan Athletic fans, we all knew this season was always going to be tough and the early results in the opening few months of the League One campaign have reflected that.

As fans of any football club, defeats are still hard to take, even if you know they are likely to come. Seeing your side at the bottom of the table is also tough to see.

We have to remain hopeful though that good times will be ahead for Tics in the near future. Here is a look at three positives to take from the season so far.

The Youngsters Have Been Competitive

Latics ex-boss John Sheridan has had no option but to rely upon some of the youth players at the club this season. They have been thrown into the deep end and many of them have handled the expectations required really well.

Although the Tics have lost eight of our opening 11 matches in League One this season, many of those defeats have been close games. Five of those losses have been by a single goal, which indicates the young team are being competitive.

With those youngsters set to gain more experience as the season progresses, a lot of those defeats hopefully will start to turn into draws and wins. Wigan are currently odds-on at 10/11 in the football betting to be relegated at the end of the campaign, but if we can remain in touching distance of the safety zone in 2021, we can hopefully do enough to survive and keep our League One status.

Joe Garner Will Score Goals at This Level

The last time Joe Garner played in League One, he scored 25 goals across the campaign. Wigan’s forward could once again get close to that number, as he has already scored seven goals in all competitions.

With Garner in a hot run of form, goals should continue to arrive for the Tics. The service is not quite as strong as the 28-year-old had when he was the Player of the Year in this division in 2015 for Preston, but he will take his opportunities when they are presented to him.

Garner is 33-1 to be the League One top goalscorer this season. Those odds seem quite big given his record at this level.

Congested League Table

At the time of writing, there are just five points separating 11 teams in the League One table. If Wigan are able to put a couple of wins together, we have the chance to really make ground up the table.

This season’s League One does not look as strong as previous years, including when Wigan won the title in 2016 with 87 points. Peterborough, Sunderland and Portsmouth are likely to be fighting it out for the title, and that is reflected in the outright betting. Beyond those in the top six, there may not be much difference between the rest of the pack at the end of the campaign.

Fingers crossed the season ends on a high note and the club can start rebuilding once again, with a push towards the Championship being the next step in our sight.

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