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I must admit that after the defeat to Oldham in the EFL Cup I was slightly worried, despite it being so early on in the new season.

Our squad was thin due to injuries and departures and defensively we didn’t look great.

However, what a difference a week makes in football.

We are unbeaten at home after demolishing Owen Coyle’s Blackburn 3-0 and earning a respectable point against Birmingham.

Not only that, we have strengthened the squad significantly.

The arrival of Jordi Gomez means we have a creative player who can provide some much needed service to both Will Grigg and Craig Davies.

It also means that Nick Powell can bring some much needed competition to the front line by moving him further forward out of the deep midfield role he has been occupying.

Things didn’t look great for Wigan Athletic with four long-term injuries affecting our back-line (Reece James, Andy Kellett, Donervon Daniels and loanee Kyle Knoyle).

That adversity, alongside speculation that Sam Morsy will leave the club this summer, was not ideal for us and it clearly affected our preparation.

But it must be said that Gary Caldwell and all the staff behind the scenes did extremely well not to panic in the situation we were in.

In fact, looking at our squad now it is full of competition.

Our defence looked strong in those two home games even with so many players in that area missing.

Luke Burke has done an admirable job at right-back and our left-back issue has been quickly resolved by the capture of Luke Garbutt on a short-term loan from Everton.

Things are certainly looking up and the fact that we can attract players like Gomez and Garbutt certainly shows the ambition that the club have.

Hopefully the competition within the team can only be a good thing and we can give the Championship a run for its money this campaign.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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