It’s probably fair to say that Wigan Athletic’s 2019/20 season isn’t the easiest one that the club have ever enjoyed.
For much of the campaign, Paul Cook’s side have been rooted in the Championship relegation zone, forcing them to face up to the prospect of a return to League One for next season.
However, a recent run of five wins and just one defeat from the Latics’ last eight league games has at least lifted them out of the bottom three, although they are not clear of danger yet, as they currently sit 20th in the second-tier standings, just two points clear of the relegation zone.
As a result, there are still several moments from across the course of the season that those of a Wigan persuasion would probably rather forget.
Here, we take a look the Latics’ two worst moments of the season so far.
That late capitulation at Luton
Throwing away points from winning positions is something Wigan had made a habit of during the early part of the season, and rarely will it have hurt as much as it did in this relegation six-pointer at Luton back in early December.
Leading 1-0 thanks to Kieffer Moore’s strike 35 minutes into the game, Wigan looked to be on track for what would have been a first away win of the season, which would have lifted them out of the relegation zone and above the Hatters.
However, former Wigan man Callum McManaman equalised for the hosts with three minutes of normal time remaining, and after Latics defender Chey Dunkley was shown a second yellow card early in stoppage time, George Moncur popped up to snatch a 93rd-minute winner for Luton, to leave Wigan inside the bottom three, and with the pressure continuing to mount on Cook.
Chey Dunkley’s injury
Ordinarily, an emphatic 3-0 away at Reading to move level on points with safety in the battle to avoid relegation would have been one of Wigan’s brighter moments of the season.
However, that would sadly not be the case here, due to a serious injury suffered by Chey Dunkley in a collision just minutes after the defender had come off the bench, with the popular centre back stretchered off this pitch and taken straight to hospital for treatment.
Following an assessment of Dunkley, it was revealed that the defender fractured both his tibia and fibula in the incident, meaning he is now facing an extended spell on the sidelines, something which is likely to be a major blow to both the club, and of course, the player himself.