Wigan Athletic ran out surprise 1-0 winners over Championship leaders West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
The Latics came into the game unbeaten in their last four league games, and picked up impressive wins over both Millwall and Reading recently.
Paul Cook’s side have shown real resilience in recent weeks, which has seen them edge closer to survival in the second-tier of English football.
But Wigan stunned Slaven Bilic’s side at the weekend, as they picked up a crucial three points to boost their survival chances, with just ten games remaining of this year’s campaign.
Sam Morsy’s goal after 73 minutes proved to be enough to see the Latics pick up a vital win, which means that West Brim will now be looking nervously over their shoulders in the battle for promotion.
We take a look at THREE things we learnt about Paul Cook’s side after this narrow 1-0 win over the promotion-chasing Baggies on Saturday.
Wigan deserved the three points on the day.
Wigan somewhat surprisingly had the better of the chances at The Hawthorns on Saturday, and were deserving of the three points they took away from the Baggies.
The Latics boss won’t allow his players to get ahead of themselves though, as there is still plenty of work to do to get themselves out of the Championship relegation zone before the season reaches a conclusion.
There isn’t much stopping Paul Cook’s men at the moment.
Not many would have expected Wigan to pick up nine points from games against Millwall, Reading and West Brom.
But the Latics have done exactly that, and have given themselves a real chance of retaining their status in the Championship this season.
Paul Cook has made his side tough to beat on their travels in particular, and if they can continue to build on these impressive showings, then the likes of Stoke City and Charlton Athletic will nervously be looking over their shoulders in future matches.
Leon Balogun’s impact is there for all to see.
Wigan’s impressive run of form hasn’t gone unnoticed, and it’s no coincidence that they have come since the introduction of Leon Balogun into the Latics defence.
Balogun has started Wigan’s last three matches, in which they have kept three clean sheets in a row, which is quite remarkable given the opponents they have come up against.
He’ll be crucial to their survival bid, especially given that Chey Dunkley has been ruled out for the remainder of this year’s campaign through injury.