A mixed month sees league unbeaten run stretched to 11, but ended shortly after by Burton Albion.
- A mixed month saw a cup exit, cup progression and the end of an unbeaten run.
- Latics made it 11 unbeaten in the league with back-to-back wins against Rochdale and Shrewsbury Town.
- Burton Albion inflict first league defeat since September 12.
League form - W2 D1 L1
Position - 5th
November began with cup action as our Emirates FA Cup campaign got underway with a trip to Bury, a third meeting with the Shakers inside four months as David Flitcroft’s side had beaten Caldwell’s outfit in the Capital One Cup and the spoils had been shared in the Gigg Lane meeting in League One. However, there was no doubting who was on top on this occasion as Latics rued one of their worst performances of the season as goals from Tom Pope, Danny Mayor, Nathan Cameron and Leon Clarke saw Latics succumb to a 4-0 reverse – their worst result of the season.
Latics made amends the following Tuesday as Blackpool visited the DW Stadium in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area quarter-final. Jordy Hiwula continued his fine run in the competition with a brace, whilst Sean Murray and Yanic Wildschut scored a cracker apiece as Neil McDonald’s Tangerines were on the end of a 4-0 demolition.
With Will Grigg’s early season appearance and goals tally suffering from injury and his time away on international duty with Northern Ireland, Caldwell was in the loan market again to find a striker, securing Alex Revell from Cardiff City.
The frontman made his debut as Latics were in front of the Sky TV cameras for the first time in the campaign for their trip to Rochdale. On a rainy Lancashire afternoon, Latics took the lead when Jason Pearce headed home in the first-half before a superb breakaway goal, instigated by Donervon Daniels and Wildschut, in the second-half saw Michael Jacobs add to his tally with a fine finish that secured a 2-0 win.
Revell was in the starting XI for his home debut when Shrewsbury Town visited the DW Stadium the following weekend, and the frontman marked the day with a goal that proved to be decisive as his 36th minute header secured a 1-0 win.
The win over the Shrews moved Latics up to a then season high of fourth place but, after a League One unbeaten run stretching 11 games, a poor end to November halted the promotion bid.
Leaders Burton Albion produced a smash and grab win at the DW in a game Caldwell’s side dominated and had chances to win only for Nasser El Khayati to fire home the crucial blow 16 minutes from time.
And, though it’s now looked at as a good point, a goalless draw at Southend United the following weekend made it two without a win for Latics who let the gap to leaders Coventry City slip to five points.