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After the excellent 3-0 win at home to Bury, there was a huge belief amongst Latics fans that not only could we achieve automatic promotion, but that we could actually win the League One crown.

Admittedly, I was one of those fans and I immediately began to check our remaining 13 fixtures to see if we had a good run-in.

Two fixtures stood out to me. Obviously the big one is the Tuesday night away trip to table-toppers Burton in April, but the one that worried me the most was the recent away trip to Millwall.

I said it a couple of weeks ago, apart from us Millwall are the form team in the division and are very strong at home. It was an extremely tough challenge and a potential banana skin in our promotion push.

As always, I was confident we could win. However, once Sam Morsy was sent for two yellow cards after half an hour, I would have snapped somebody’s hand off for a draw.

To see that the team showed such resilience, character and team spirit to literally battle for a 0-0 draw is just as encouraging as watching us take teams apart with our passing ability and attacking flair.

We are made of stern stuff and the fact we couldn’t be broken down by one of the best teams in the league when our backs are firmly against the wall just shows everybody what promotion means to the players and the club.

It’s great to see a team with a backbone, in comparison to what we watched during last season; you can see that we appreciate it with our vocal support and followings up and down the country.

And let’s not be too harsh on Morsy for getting sent off, he was unplayable in all of his previous games since moving from Chesterfield and I guarantee we will miss him against Peterborough on Saturday.

Not to forget a special mention for Jussi Jaaskelainen too, for doing what he has done so well throughout his long career.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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