An Alex Bruce wonder goal and the perfect hat-trick for Ryan Colclough were key moments for Latics in their record-breaking campaign during November.
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Latics kicked their Emirates FA Cup campaign off at the start of November as Crawley Town visited the DW Stadium. Little did we know at the time the significance of the win over Harry Kewell’s side in our season. It was far from an easy progression for Cook’s side, though, as they fell behind to Jordan Roberts’ 20th minute opener before goals from Ivan Toney and Lee Evans secured the win which set up a Second Round tie at AFC Fylde.
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Progression in one cup competition was followed by an exit in another as Cook fielded a young Latics side in the club’s final Checkatrade Trophy match of the campaign and saw his former club Accrington Stanley win 4-0 to see Latics finish 3rd in their group and exit the competition at the group stages.
A first home league defeat of the season followed as then 3rd place Bradford City closed the gap on 2nd place Latics with a 2-1 win. Charlie Wyke gave the Bantams the lead at the DW before Chey Dunkley levelled for Cook’s side. However, young winger Tyrell Robinson broke with pace in stoppage time to secure a late win for Stuart McCall’s side which inflicted a first home league defeat in six months on Latics.
Reacting well to that disappointment, Latics closed out the month in style firstly on a memorable night for the Colclough family as baby Harley was born just after his Dad scored twice in a 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers. It was a story that captured the attention of the world as Colclough scored before and after half-time before being substituted off to run straight down the tunnel and drive to the hospital in his kit to witness the birth of his second child.
November finished with arguably one of Latics’ best performances of the season as they dealt with the threat of striker Kieffer Moore on their way to a 3-1 win at Rotherham United. Cook’s side went ahead at the New York Stadium through Grigg, though David Ball equalised almost immediately for the Millers. A wonderful finish from the least likely of sources in Alex Bruce got Latics back in front before Jacobs made sure of the win on the hour mark, a result that sent Latics two points clear at the top of the table.