The 2-1 defeat away at Norwich City on Tuesday night highlighted exactly what’s right and wrong with Wigan Athletic at the moment.
Going forward, we can score goals against any team that we’ll face this season.
Will Grigg has continued his goal scoring form so far and Michael Jacobs, Alex Gilbey and Yanic Wildschut look like they can do a decent job at Championship level.
Nathan Byrne looked sharp on his debut at Norwich and Jordi Gomez even grabbed his first goal since returning to the club.
Our attack is everything that’s good for Gary Caldwell and us Latics fans, however, what continues to be bad is our defending, or lack of it.
It’s not the personnel, because Reece Burke, Jake Buxton, Stephen Warnock and the likes can all apply themselves in this division.
It is, in fact, the way that Caldwell wants them to play – he even admitted that himself after the game at Carrow Road.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way getting on our manager’s back here, but I do think he’s being slightly naïve.
I do understand that he wants us to play out of the back and that he wants us to be brave in possession.
Having said that, the players, such as Adam Bogdan and the defence in front of him, don’t look comfortable playing that way.
That uneasiness makes them hesitant on the ball, leading to costly mistakes that sees us concede goals whilst giving ourselves a mountain to climb in the process.
We’re our own worst enemy and it has to stop. Losing can become a nasty habit, but losing cheaply makes it even worse.
I don’t mind us playing passing football, as that is the style and philosophy that has brought this club it’s biggest and best success.
We just need to play the passing and fluid football in the final third of the pitch, where our attacking players have proved they can do the damage.
And, I know it’s early days, but if we continue to play risky possession play in our own third of the pitch we will be continually punished and it will be a long campaign.