2017-18 Season Review continues with a look back at September as Latics’ fast start was halted by a couple of defeats, albeit a couple of impressive victories kept spirits high.
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Latics tasted defeat for the first time in early September as Shrewsbury Town, who set their stall out as early promotion contenders, were the first side to beat Cook’s Latics with a 1-0 win at the Montgomery Waters Meadow thanks to a goal from Stefan Payne.
As would become one of their best traits as the season progressed, Latics bounced back in style the following Tuesday night as they travelled to London to face Charlton Athletic where a double from Massey – his first goals in Latics colours – inspired a 3-0 win at the Valley, with Samy Morsy also on the mark.
Four days later and, by the same scoreline, Bristol Rovers were put to the sword at the DW Stadium as Powell and Massey were again on the mark either side of Will Grigg’s first goal of the season. Jamie Jones also announced himself as a Latics goalkeeper with a penalty save from Ellis Harrison – the stopper taking the gloves following Christian Walton’s injury on Transfer Deadline Day, which would see him miss the next couple of months.
A trip to promotion hopefuls Peterborough United was next and, as expected the clash at the ABAX Stadium proved a stern test and Latics suffered a defeat which then instigated a superb run of form up to Christmas. Latics had led against Grant McCann’s side as a deflected Jacobs effort was credited as a Steven Taylor own goal. Junior Morias scored twice to give the hosts the advantage, though, before Ryan Colclough grabbed an equaliser on 87 minutes. The League One top-scorer Jack Marriott had the final say, though, notching in injury time to spark wild celebrations amongst the home support and players.
The reaction wasn’t free-flowing from Latics but they got the job done when Plymouth Argyle visited the DW the following Tuesday as a Powell penalty secured a 1-0 win.
And Latics closed out the month in the automatic promotion spots with a 2-0 win over Walsall as Grigg scored either side of half-time to punish his former club.