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Monthly Preview: October 2016

October may have already started but it is going to be a long old month for Wigan Athletic.

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One game already down in October and well one point. A nice even start but the game against Walsall could have been so much different. Craig Morgan’s red card change things and the team held on well to get a point against one of this season’s early pace setters.

Now we have to turn our attention to the rest of the month and just what can we achieve going forward?

Well October sees us with six more games to come. Up next is tomorrow nights Johnstones Paint Trophy game against struggling Crewe Alexander. They will be wanting to get one over us after our 1-0 win over them at the DW Stadium earlier in the season.

After that though we face Bury and out chance for vengeance after they knocked us out of the League Cup back in August. It will be a tough trip to Gigg Lane at the weekend as we come up against a Leon Clarke who has scored 6 goals already this season that is the same player who couldn’t hit the target for us, and a Bury team which currently sit third in the league standings.

We are short on home comforts this month with Colchester United and Swindon Town the only visitors to the DW Stadium this month. Both of which will be tricky games, especially facing off against a Swindon side who look to be back on the up after a poor start to the season.

In between those two games are visits to Peterbrough United and Bradford City. Two teams who will see beating us as the chance to stake their claim for higher league positions. Both teams are aiming for promotion this season. Yet both teams have struggled so far and are floating in and around the mid-table areas. Peterborough’s recent change in management appears to have given them a lift with now only one defeat in their last five.

So we sit ninth currently, nine points off the top. Can we close the gap in October? If we are to do that our away form is going to have to substantially improve and very quickly.