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Match Preview: Birmingham City vs Wigan Athletic

One more game, one more defeat? Or could the start of January's League games see the team start finally playing well and getting points on the board?

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The start of January has seen a hive of activity here at Wigan. Liam Ridgewell already having been brought in and the club having also enquired about signing Danny Graham and Gary Macky-Steven. That is all while Oriol Riera leaves the club with Andy Delort and Shaun Maloney on the verge of leaving the club.

Where does that leave us?

Well with a striker Marc Antine Fortune who couldn't actually hit a barn door even if he was a foot in front of him. A returning Martyn Waghorn who we have to hope Mackay gets on with and that Waghorn can recapture the form he had last season with us. Mackay though has made mention of bringing a few of the youngsters on and Sam Cosgrove looks set to be on the bench for this weekend's game.

Chances are though we will have the exact same line up as when we lost against Bolton Wanderers last weekend, Ali Al Habsi though is unavailable as he plays in the Asia Cup.

Birmingham go into the game having lost only two of their last ten games. Since the arrival of Gray Rowett took over from Burton Albion. It was a change much needed for side that has been in turmoil for such a long period of time, and Birmingham fans maybe thinking that finally they maybe able to experience a season without a relegation fight.

It is a former Wigan player who is thriving at the moment for the Midlands club. David Cotterill currently their second goalscorer of the season and a player who is their creative spark in the midfield, the rest of the goals have been sign by their free summer transfer signing of Clayton Donaldson who has eight goals to his name. That is the same amout as out top two!

That shows the extent of our striking problems and the reason that we aren't winning games.

You have to hope that maybe just maybe we can finally kick-start are season with just under half of it to go. Otherwise this could be a long and slow descent back into League One football, and our club will really be starting to struggle then.