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In one of my earlier 12th Man pieces of this term, I said the first international break of the season came at the perfect time for Wigan Athletic.

It gave Gary Caldwell the chance to settle in our 14 new signings, if you count the permanent capture of Stephen Warnock after his contract at Derby County expired.

The Scotsman insisted at the beginning of the summer that he only wanted to make five or six new additions to his squad, but long-term injuries suffered by certain individuals and the step up in class between League One and the Championship has obviously forced his hand.

Anyway, following a poor start to the campaign, I feel as though we have finally turned a corner.

Before the derby trip to Preston North End, I claimed that a visit to Deepdale could be the spark we needed to kick-start our season.

When we lost 1-0, I thought I was completely wrong, but it turns out I couldn’t have been more right.

The Tuesday after saw us claim a 2-1 home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, before we stopped a run of six straight away losses with a respectable 0-0 draw at Brentford (they had scored nine in their previous two home fixtures).

Not only have we had an upturn in results, but Caldwell’s consistency with his starting 11 and 4-3-3 formation in recent weeks has helped the players build crucial partnerships – the most important being Jake Buxton and Dan Burn at the heart of the defence.

Both, especially Burn, had come in for early criticism in pre-season, but boy are they proving their doubters wrong at the minute.

And that’s why I believe the second international break of the season couldn’t have come at a worse time for us, I’m afraid that a two-week break could halt our momentum.

Having said that, these two weeks on the training ground might only bring further improvements, time will only tell.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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