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Reece Wabara
Reece Wabara

Yes, a 0-0 draw at home to second bottom Oldham was a setback considering our recent form, but we must stay positive.

It is an issue that our style of play just doesn’t break down teams who drop deep and stay organised, this was evident in previous home games against Burton and Blackpool.

We lost both of those games 1-0, but the draw against Oldham extends our unbeaten run in 2016 to 10 games.

The most disappointing thing about last Saturday’s result is that Wigan Athletic could and probably should be occupying the final automatic promotion spot in League One.

However, it wasn’t meant to be and instead we find ourselves two points behind second-placed Gillingham.

This weekend is massive, fourth-placed Latics travel to third-placed Walsall with the winner potentially moving into the top two.

It is undoubtedly our biggest game of the season and I believe the match has all the ingredients to cook up a Wigan victory.

Unlike Oldham, Walsall will come out and they will attack us. They have serious firepower up front through the likes of Romaine Sawyers and Tom Bradshaw.

In my eyes, this will suit us down to the ground. Our defence is the second meanest in the division only behind league leaders Burton; we have conceded just 29 goals in the league this season.

So if Walsall open up and our defence, that has kept three clean sheets in their last three outings, stands firm, I believe we have more than enough quality on the counter attack and in the final third to see off what is a top Walsall team.

In all honesty, if you cast your eyes back to earlier on in the campaign we actually drew 0-0 at home to the Saddlers.

And we probably should have won against then. We certainly had the most clear cut chances of the two sides and if it weren’t for Craig Morgan’s sending off we’d be level on points with Gillingham right now.

Saturday is huge, but we thrive on the big occasions. If you’re one of the just-short-of-2,000 Latics fans travelling this weekend then make yourself heard for what is shaping up to be a cracker.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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