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I think I speak for everyone when I say that the 3-3 draw at bottom of the table Colchester on Saturday was bitterly disappointing, but we have to move on.

The fact that we are in the automatic promotion places means nothing to us if we don’t get promoted, even if we still haven’t lost during this calendar year.

Promotion is everything and with the squad we possess it should happen.

The form that we were in just three weeks ago made us believe an immediate return to the Championship was inevitable.

However, we have hit a roadblock in recent games and it has allowed Walsall to creep up on us to the point that we remain in second place but only on goal difference.

Some people think that we have bottled it or will bottle it, which is harsh in my opinion, as there is plenty of time to go.

Yes, we haven’t been at our best but drawing games isn’t as bad as losing.

Admittedly, Saturday is a real test of our character as a team. Bradford are coming to the DW in scintillating form as they look to launch an assault on the play-offs – a win could see them move up to sixth.

The Bantams are well organised, hard to beat and play with a very direct style in which they utilise the presence of James Hanson up front; a tactical approach that we have struggled to deal with in the past.

We’ve been lucky enough to witness Latics win extremely pretty at times this season. Cast your eyes back to that wonderful display in the 3-0 home win over Bury a few weeks ago.

Having said that, I’d certainly take a scrappy 1-0 victory on Saturday if it means we will see the return of the ruthless winning mentality we have previously shown.

Nobody knows how this game or even the rest of the campaign will play out, but we all know enough to say that Wigan Athletic don’t do things the easy way.

Whatever the result, we have to keep believing like we always have done. After all, good things come those who wait, right?

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

 

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