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The 4-3 loss at Nottingham Forest could just be the wake-up call that Gary Caldwell suggested his players needed.

On paper, you would expect to get at least a point if you scored three goals away from home.

We did exactly that, but we came away with nothing thanks to a deserved last minute sucker punch.

Having said that, the result showed us a lot about this current crop of Wigan Athletic players.

The teams heart and spirit can’t be questioned, as we came back not once but THREE times to level up the scores.

Going forward we are ruthless, we really are. Our strikers, Will Grigg and Craig Davies, have both been amongst the goals early doors, and now they have some quality service behind them.

We have creative players like Michael Jacobs and Jordi Gomez, who can unlock Championship defences.

We also have some quality wingers in Yanic Wildschut, Ryan Colclough and Alex Gilbey, who all have the pace and trickery to beat a defender and get in behind a backline.

In fact, I’d go as far as saying every position is sorted, except the defence…

Okay, Jake Buxton is back from suspension this weekend for the visit of Queens Park Rangers, but we need a defender with pace.

Because our wing-backs pushed so high up at Forest, their pacey wingers had space to exploit and they could get one-on-one with two of our three centre-halves.

Nothing against Stephen Warnock, he’s a great player, however, he came up against a young and hungry winger in Oliver Burke who tore us to bits at the back.

Dan Burn got a lot of stick in pre-season, but I thought he had a decent start to the regular campaign.

Despite a steady start, it has become evident that he does have a mistake in him when he’s under pressure on the ball.

I’m sure Caldwell has a few more deals up his sleeve before the transfer deadline, but let’s hope he can make them happen.

We need some speed at the back, or else we’re going to throw away points we’ve earned and we simply can’t afford to do that.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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