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10 June 2016

Unbeaten Latics make big steps into the play-off places.

  • Latics unbeaten during third month of the season to rise into fifth place.
  • Three wins, three draws and progression in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
  • Latics make it 10 unbeaten in all competitions by the end of October.


League form - W3 D3 L0
Position - 5th

Latics made it three consecutive draws as their first game in October finished goalless when fellow promotion chasers Walsall were held 0-0 at the DW Stadium in a game that saw skipper Craig Morgan sent off midway through the second-half.  Surprisingly, keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen made his first Latics start in the game, replacing former Walsall man Richard O’Donnell between the sticks.

The game with the Saddlers also marked the introduction of two loan signings as Donald Love and Yanic Wildschut who made their debuts from the bench after joining from Manchester United and Middlesbrough respectively.

Having not played in the competition in nearly 13 years, Latics kicked off their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign with a short trip to Crewe Alexandra. Again, Caldwell’s side would do things the hard way, as they had all season to this point.

Sanmi Odelusi missed a penalty he won in the first minute before Marcus Haber and future Latics signing Ryan Colclough twice gave the hosts the lead with Jordy Hiwula equalising on two occasions for Latics. Wildschut made the perfect introduction to Latics supporters, though, scoring a goal of the season contender to win it as he broke from his own half before crashing the ball into the top right corner from 30 yards to clinch a 3-2 victory and book Latics' place in the next round.

Latics went to Bury with defensive issues on their mind but confidence stemming from the win over the Alex earlier in the week. Again, though, Caldwell’s side fell behind, Nathan Cameron heading home from a set-piece before Tom Pope added to Latics’ woes on the hour mark. The comeback kings were at it again, though, and, after Chris Hussey had been sent off for the Gigg Lane side, Cameron diverted into his own goal under pressure from Grant Holt before Morgan, returning from suspension, drove home a superb effort in injury time to secure a point for Latics.

Without a doubt another notable moment in the season as Latics really picked up after the point against their Lancashire rivals. Colchester United were on the end of a relentless and clinical display from Latics, who were four-up by half-time when a Donervon Daniels double and Max Power and Will Grigg efforts blew Tony Humes’ side away. The foot may have been takes off the gas a fraction in the second-half, but Grigg saved his best until last with a delightful chip to make it 5-0 in the closing stages.

Three days later and Latics made it back-to-back victories for only the second time of the season as they edged a five-goal thriller at Peterborough United. Wildschut, who was making quite the impact, superbly fired home the opener before Grigg deflected Reece James’ effort in after just 15 minutes for the perfect start at the ABAX Stadium.

Latics surrendered a lead once more, though, and second-half goals from Erhun Oztumer and Souleymane Coulibaly looked to have earned Graham Westley’s Posh a point only for Power to sensationally steal it for Latics moments after the hosts had levelled with a neat finish.

A draw at Bradford City, in front of a crowd of over 19,000, completed a seven-point week for Latics but it could have been better as Jacobs gave Caldwell’s side the lead only to see James Hanson level on the hour for Phil Parkinson’s play-off chasers.

The month finished with the visit of Swindon Town to the DW Stadium. The Robins, who were managed by their chairman Lee Power, looked to have grabbed a point to take back to Wiltshire with them only for Junior to bundle the ball home after 95 minutes. Another one of those moments that proved crucial as Latics finally broke into the top six.

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