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I know it’s still early days in Warren Joyce’s tenure as Wigan Athletic boss, but so far it’s looking like new manager, same old story.

On paper a clean sheet and a point at Barnsley, who I believe were the second highest scorers in the Championship at the time, isn’t a bad result.

Having said that, when you look deeper into the performance, it isn’t encouraging to see that we only had one half-decent opportunity through Yanic Wildschut.

And then you see that Nick Powell, for possibly the third or fourth time this season, went off injured after half an hour.

It doesn’t end there either.

You would have thought that alongside Gary Caldwell’s exit would have been the club’s tendencies to use players out of position.

However, here we are again, discussing bizarre decisions such as playing Wildschut, who is a left-winger, as a lone striker, whilst Will Grigg, Adam Le Fondre and Craig Davies are sat on the bench.

Moving on to another thing that worries me – I have no idea how we are going to play or what our philosophy is.

At least Caldwell was open about his style of play. It was very much possession based and, even though many disagreed with it, we all knew what we were going to get week in, week out.

At Oakwell we had 38% possession and did a lot of defending.

Now you can read into those statistics whichever way you like, but for me that says we want to be solid at the back and counter attack teams under Joyce’s leadership.

But to counter attack teams you actually need to attack, which is evidently something we struggle with considering we’re the lowest scorers in the division with 14 goals in 17 games.

As you can probably tell, I’m slightly concerned. The only way is up but we need to head in that direction sooner rather than later.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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