The start of the month posed a tricky away game against a team just coming into form. The 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe turned out to be a fair result for both teams, but should we have done better? Burton Albion now have a ten point gap over us and currently we don’t look like closing that.
By this time next week Wigan will be squaring up to face Sheffield United, who are one of the teams chasing down the play off positions. Before that though we have a tough game at home against Gillingham. We faced the Gills earlier in the season and stumbled to a 2-0 win. This was at a time when our team was in its infancy and Gary Caldwell was trying to shape his new side.
Now we face each other with nine points and three places separating us. A defeat is not something that can cross our minds if we are wanting to try and progress up the table. If we are going to get three points the club with be doing it in front of the Sky Sports Camera with the team able to show off to the rest of country with just how far we have come under Caldwell since the disaster of last season.
To complete a trio of home games will see the club take on Chesterfield on the 16th January. The Yorkshire club started the season well but have stuttered and are now looking to try and keep themselves out of a relegation battle. They will come to the DW Stadium looking for a win.
An away day trip to struggling Crewe follows towards the end of January with them, as it stands at the moment, bottom of the table by one point. They have looked very much hit and miss all season, could that be enough to cause an upset when we face them? It has happened to us before.
The final game of the month sees us take on mid-table Port Vale. They were the last team that we lost to on our travels this season when they snatched a late winner in our first encounter earlier in the season.
A month where it could all go very right, or all very wrong. The teams top level credentials will be test with games against the pace setters and against the teams struggling at the bottom of League One. How will we come out on top? Hopefully striving up the table.