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First of all, I’m glad Gary Caldwell saw the light and changed our formation from five at the back to a flat back four.

His consistency with the 4-3-3 formation over the last couple of games has improved our performances, even if we are still waiting for just our second win of the season.

It has also brought the best out of certain individuals who had previously been the victims of some criticism, namely Dan Burn and Shaun MacDonald, who both look more comfortable playing in the 4-3-3 system that Caldwell implements.

The 0-0 draw at home to Fulham was neither good or bad, but it was better.

Importantly, it stopped the rot of four consecutive defeats and we actually kept a clean sheet – something we have really struggled to do in the Championship so far.

Now I’m looking ahead to Friday, and it doesn’t really get any bigger than this for Wigan Athletic fans in my opinion.

Away at Preston North End for the first time in 11 years, tied in with the potential early threat of relegation for both sides mean it’s quite the game on paper.

They may have won down at Bournemouth in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, but that’s a long way to travel in midweek.

Some of their key first team players were involved in the full 90 minutes plus extra time down at Dean Court, so they might be slightly jaded.

However, I don’t want to be relying on exterior factors such as tiredness. I’d love us to put in a cracking performance which gets us the right result on our own terms.

Maybe we might even scrape a win at Deepdale to spark our season into life. Who knows?

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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