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Well I think it’s fair to say that a lot of Wigan fans felt low after the 1-0 derby defeat away at Preston North End.

We didn’t just lose to our local rivals who we hadn’t played competitively for 11 years, the defeat actually meant we fell to rock bottom of the Championship for the first time in the club’s history.

For the first time in his spell as Wigan Athletic manager, Gary Caldwell was scrutinised by some of the club’s fans and was possibly feeling the pressure following poor form and a bad run of results.

Credit to Caldwell, he stuck to his guns. He came out and faced the hard-hitting questions that the media threw at him.

The Scotsman vowed that Wigan would continue to play the same way, the passing style that saw us cruise to the League One title.

And it came up trumps on Tuesday night, as we secured a 2-1 victory at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Caldwell made a big call to drop Will Grigg to the bench and hand Adam Le Fondre his first start for the club.

Again, that call was rewarded as Alfie gave us the lead after just five minutes.

Yes, we rode our luck a little bit but you can argue that luck is one of the elements that has eluded us so far this season.

Luck or not, you can’t fault the boys’ team spirit at 1-1 to keep going until the final whistle.

That desire finally paid off as Grigg came off the bench to score a last minute winner, just to make sure we hadn’t forgot about him.

So hats off to Caldwell in what’s probably been one of the toughest weeks in his short managerial career.

He took the stick and he believed in his philosophy, but, most of all, the players showed that they believe in his philosophy too.

On to Brentford this Saturday, which will be a very tough trip indeed.

In their last two home games, they’ve beaten Preston 5-0 and Reading 4-1.

Our defence hasn’t been great at the best of times during this campaign; however, if they come at us with all out attack we do have the pace and skill to cause them problems on the counter attack.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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