Wigan Athletic have endured another challenging season so far in the Championship, after the Latics managed to battle their way to safety in their first year back in the English second tier last term.
Paul Cook’s side got off to a strong start to the season last year, with the Latics providing themselves with a cushion to the relegation zone, which in the end was proven to have been vital following a poor run of form during the half way point of the season which left them back in trouble.
However, a run of three wins in their final four Championship matches saw Cook’s side secure their survival and ensure they would not suffer an immediate relegation back to League One, while also heading into this season looking to build on that form and push up the table.
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This season, though, Wigan have found themselves down at the bottom of the league for most of the campaign so far, with the Latics again finding it a real challenge to secure regular wins away from home, although that has changed somewhat recently with recent wins at Birmingham City and Leeds United.
Cook’s side had suffered a run of 13 matches without a win in the league after they secured a 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest in October, which left the Latics bottom of the table and in real danger of potentially getting cut adrift if their form was to continue.
However, since they beat Birmingham 3-2 on New Year’s Day the Latics have managed to pick up another two wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, which has prevented them getting cut adrift and given them hope of being able to get themselves out of trouble.
Last weekend, though, Wigan suffered another defeat in their 2-1 loss at home to Preston North End, which has seen them fall four points adrift of safety, and Cook’s side will be needing to put together another run of form to help them get out of the relegation zone over the next few weeks.
This season was always likely to be a real battle for survival for Wigan, and the Latics will be hoping that they can find enough quality within their squad to help secure enough points to ensure they manage to secure their safety.
Wigan supporters, when asked to rate their chances of survival on a scale of 1-10 on the Wigan Athletic Blue and White Army Facebook group, have been mixed in their belief the Latics can get out of trouble.
Here then, we take a look at what Wigan fans have been saying about their survival chances on social media…
Declan Catterall: “If 50 points keeps us up, we have to win 5 games out of 15. 4/10.”
Derek Tinsley: “4 down with Luton and Barnsley.”
Steve Dowd: “5 could have been 8, but the person responsible for 5 is still here.”
Grame Kelly: “No chance with Cook still there I give us a 3.”
Troy Pearce: “I’m saying it’s a 50/50.”
Paul Giles: “6.5.”
Jonny Taylor: “4.”