The busy Easter schedule is always seen as a demanding one for players. After playing on Good Friday, it’s a quick turnaround for another match on Easter Monday.

However, it has always been a special period when associated with Wigan Athletic.

During our Premier League days, this was always the time of the season where we would wake up, realise we were in a relegation battle and start playing like world beaters to defy the odds and stay up.

But it hasn’t always provided good memories. Last campaign the Easter weekend was one of the most miserable for us Wigan fans in recent times.

Our patience was at breaking point as the club was on the verge of relegation to League One and were playing a poor standard of football instilled by the manager at the time, Malky Mackay.

We played two promotion-chasing teams over the Easter weekend, losing 1-0 at Middlesbrough on the Friday before losing 2-0 at home to Derby County on the Monday.

After the latter, Latics’ chairman David Sharpe made his first big call since his appointment by sacking Mackay and appointing Gary Caldwell as his long-term replacement.

And what a choice that was because this Easter episode sees us travel to Swindon Town on Friday before hosting Rochdale on the Monday.

The major differences from last season being that we’re actually playing a good brand of football this term and we’re also in the driving seat for automatic promotion instead of battling relegation.

What I’m trying to say is what a difference a year can make, Easter time will once again be enjoyable for the supporters of Wigan Athletic.

The proof is in the pudding with over 1,000 fans going down to Swindon despite the game being live on Sky Sports, but that’s testament to the club for putting on free coaches.

We’ve just got to do the business in these next two games. It doesn’t matter how we win them, we’ve just got to make sure we come away with all six points.

It certainly is pressure cooker time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace it – that’s the life of a Wigan Athletic fan, it’s never done the easy way.

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