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Another Two Points Lost

Entering Saturday’s game against Dagenham and Redbridge, a win would have taken Latics to the unknown heights of 5th in the league table. Considering the opponents coming to Boundary Park were, at the time, 2nd bottom, this seemed an ideal opportunity for another 3 points for Paul Dickov’s men. Unfortunately, it was a case of same as for Latics, as they let go another lead to succumb to another home stalemate. After a pretty dour and uninspiring first half which was played in similar conditions to the state of the game, Latics took the lead with a well-worked goal eventually finished off by our midfield ‘maestro’ Dale Stephens. This led to a 10-minute onslaught on the Daggers’ goal, but to their credit the away side defended their goal with relative ease. With the chances there for Latics to have snuffed out any chance of a Dagenham comeback, the Londoners went up the other end, not so much against the run of play as you might imagine, and scored an innocuous equaliser to grab an unlikely, yet deserved, point. It was the kind of game which teams challenging for promotion need to gain 3 points. Unfortunately for Latics that was their 11th draw of the season, which is tied for most in the league with Rochdale and Colchester. Most alarming for the Latics is that, although they have given up the 1st goal in league games only 6 times this season, they have dropped 24 points from being in a winning position, which is the most in the whole country. Considering that they are only 9 points behind the leaders, Brighton, if they even halved that figure to 12 dropped points, I would be writing this with my hometown team sitting 3 points clear at the top of League 1. My mind casts back to a game with Exeter at the end of the November. Latics held a 3-0 advantage with about 20 minutes to go and somehow drew the game 3-3. It is games like this which could go on to undermine the rest of their season. The next 3 games are Huddersfield away on Saturday, Carlisle at home on the following Tuesday and then Bristol Rovers away on February 19th. After those 3 games, it will become clear the path that Latics will lead for the rest of the season.

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  1. Victoria C

    10 February, 2011 at 18:23

    Brilliant blog! Keep up the good work and don’t forget to keep us posted on when the next blog arrives.

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