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August Review: Looking Back at the Start

With so many new signings it was going to of course take time for the side to gel together, and that has become apparent over the course of the first five league games.

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Everyone was extremely optimistic going into the opening weekend. Yet it didn't work out how we had all thought, with what we believed could be an open and balanced game. Instead the game against Coventry City showed the sky blues possible top of the table credentials, as they brushed aside a struggling side for a 2-0 win.

The verdict had to be the sided would need and will take time to gel and a 2-0 win wasn't so bad, it could have been a lot worse.

Surely then some relief in the League Cup against Bury FC would see us get a win and the team come together. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. Gary Caldwell made changes to the team and allowed other players to come in and impress him. Even though we took the lead through a Will Griggs penalty, Bury turned the game around to win 2-1.

So expectations where beginning to drop and Caldwell must have been fearing the length of time this team would take to gel together. Yet two home games would show just what they can be capable off and hopefully will do over the course of the season.

A hard fought 0-0 draw against Doncaster Rovers, was followed up by an emphatic 3-0 over Scunthorpe United. The team, especially the teams defense started to look a little bit sharper. Whilst going forward Craig Davies and Will Griggs were showing the signs of a forming partnership.

The team turned their attention to Gillingham and we fans were beginning to expect an away win. That wasn't forthcoming though as we faced the early season pace setters. They took a deserved first half lead, before their keeper denied Griggs a certain goal which would have leveled it up.

The final game of the month saw us taking on struggling Crewe Alexander. A Jekyll and Hyde style performance saw us only come away with a 1-0, but three points are three points and you do have to win when you aren't playing so well.

August then was a mixed bag. Out of a possible of 15 points we have picked up seven and we remain in mid-table going into September. The worrying news for Wigan is that we have only scored four goals in the league so far and Will Griggs goes on international duty this week. The club though are seeking targets before tomorrows deadlines.

The team is starting to take shape and they are starting to play well together, the question is can we now push on and win regularly? Hopefully this is what September holds.