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As I mentioned in my 12th Man piece last week, we finally filled the voids that desperately needed filling during the transfer window.

Deadline day in particular, when we signed a pacey centre-back in Reece Burke, a natural right-wing-back in Nathan Byrne and a goal scorer in Adam Le Fondre, who can push and/or partner Will Grigg.

However, we all know that it takes time for a squad to settle and a team to gel when there are so many incomings and outgoings throughout the transfer window.

It was evident that the market was affecting our team spirit and structures on the pitch, especially in the home game against Queens Park Rangers.

We had square pegs in round holes and there was no balance to our formation, which is why we struggled to break down a team who were there for the taking.

And this is why I am kind of grateful that the international break came when it did.

From our point of view and Gary Caldwell’s, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

It will have given us two weeks to work on a few things that needed improving, but, more importantly, it will have provided some much needed time for the new lads to get settled at the club.

I understand a lot of football fans would prefer to watch club football and absolutely despise the international break, but, if you ask me, the short season interval came at the perfect time for us.

We have a tough run coming up in the next month or so. First up are trips to promotion favourites Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City, before we welcome a revitalised Fulham to the DW Stadium.

All that before we play none other than Preston North End away in the league for the first time in 11 years.

Preston vs Wigan is already a big game in these parts, but it could be even bigger depending on the next few results.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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