Dramatic win at Chesterfield the standout game of September.
- Latics improve league position by the end of September.
- First away victory collected in dramatic turnaround at Chesterfield.
- Latics defeated just once in five matches during the month.
League form - W2 D2 L1
Position - 9th
Now in the top-half of the table, Latics hoped to kick on up the league and head towards the top six after the first month of the campaign had produced some good performances but indifferent results.
One of the games of the season was to kick September off as Latics made their first-ever visit to the Proact Stadium to face Chesterfield. Dean Saunders’ side were 2-0 ahead with 68 minutes played after Dan Gardner had opened the scoring after the hour mark before Leon Barnett headed into his own goal six minutes later.
With ten minutes played, it looked as if Latics would be heading to another away defeat but Barnett volleyed home to make amends before Davies levelled from the spot against his former club after McCann had been fouled in the area.
Into injury-time and Latics were in the ascendancy, and it was Andy Kellett, brought on for his Latics debut in the second-half, who crossed for another debutant, Hiwula, to fire home from close range to spark wild scenes in front of the 1,000 plus travelling support as Latics recorded the most unlikely of 3-2 victories.
A turning point, maybe?
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The following weekend, Latics were at Port Vale, hoping to emulate their Chesterfield result, albeit in calmer fashion. However, Latics were again behind as Anthony Grant and Louis Dodds scored either side of half-time to give the Valiants the lead. Latics bounced back when McCann fired home from range and Barnett applied enough pressure to force Sam Foley to head into his own goal.
Unfortunately, though, Caldwell’s side couldn’t edge this five-goal thriller and, after Barnett was sent off for a last man challenge on Enoch Andoh two minutes from time, Uche Ikpeazu fired home from close range in the final minute to give Rob Page’s side all three points.
Another memorable moment of the season fell in September when Fleetwood Town visited the DW Stadium with Latics looking to bounce back. On his first league start for the club, boyhood fan Jordan Flores volleyed home superbly to give Latics the lead against the Cod Army before Jacobs added a second to secure victory despite a second-half goal for Fleetwood’s Tyler Hornby-Forbes.
That win moved Latics to within one place of the play-off spots, but for Flores it was the highs and lows of football within a week as Caldwell’s side looked set for victory at Oldham Athletic next up when Max Power beautifully fired home a first-half opener.
However, Aspull-born Flores was sent off for kicking out at Oldham’s Jay Fulton, leaving Latics to defend their lead with ten men, something they could only achieve until 15 minutes from time when Dominic Poleon levelled for the hosts.
Latics closed out the month with a draw as Grigg equalised in the last minute against Millwall after the Lions looked to have secured all three points with goals from Fred Onyedinma and Mark Beevers following Jacobs’ opener.
Will Grigg celebrates his last minute equaliser against Millwall.