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What a weekend for Wigan Athletic in what was potentially the biggest round of fixtures in the League One promotion race so far this season.

Second placed Gillingham went down 2-1 at relegation fighting Oldham, whereas Latics scored a last minute winner at third placed Walsall to leapfrog into the automatic promotion spots.

And if that wasn’t good enough, table-toppers Burton lost 3-1 at Southend on Monday night. In all honesty, it got some of us Wiganers a little bit excited.

The Brewers are four points ahead of us with a game in hand, however, we still have to play them away from home. Achieving a bounce-back promotion to the Championship is definitely possible, but winning the title isn’t out of the question either.

We’re unbeaten in 2016 and we have an ambitious and young chairman in David Sharpe; as well as a likewise manager in Gary Caldwell.

Everything surrounding the club is positive at the moment, the negativity of last term seems a distant memory now and that’s testament to the job that Sharpe, Caldwell, Jackson and the rest of the hierarchy and coaching staff have done.

In fact, we are finally looking upwards at who we can overtake rather than looking over our shoulders to see who could overtake us.

If I was being really picky then I’d be wary of Millwall. Apart from us they are the form team in the division and the Lions are only six points off ourselves, but we’ll see who is the better side come next Tuesday’s meeting at the New Den.

I remember taking part in a fans forum back in October, we had just salvaged a late draw away to Bury after being 2-0 down and we sat in 10th position in the table.

Caldwell said he had spoke to the statistics staff and analysts at the club and the last 20 winners of League One were in a position within the top 10 at the same stage of the campaign.

One bloke said what would the Scotsman do if we were still 10th a month later and he simply replied “we won’t be 10th”.

We were all up for taking the play-offs at that point but fast-forward to the present day and we’re on the same wavelength as our manager – I don’t think any of us would be happy with a finish outside of the top two.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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