Wigan boss Leam Richardson has been in the news this week, receiving praise from striker Charlie Wyke after being credited with saving the life of his player after a cardiac arrest.
From Richardson’s perspective, however, he will want focus to firmly turn back towards their efforts on the pitch with Wigan enjoying a fine campaign on all fronts.
Although progress was made in the EFL Trophy earlier this week, Richardson will be more eager for promotion and an FA Cup run, both of which are in the club’s grasps.
Wigan needed a replay to overcome Solihull Moors in the first round, but momentum was maintained with the North-West outfit having now gone eight games without defeat in all competitions.
Thirteen points have also been collected in the league, Will Keane continuing his excellent season with a goal and an assist during the important triumph over Plymouth Argyle last weekend.
There will be those who will argue that Hayden Mullins is fortunate to still be in a job at Colchester with the club having failed to live up to pre-season expectations.
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Nevertheless, there are small signs that they are beginning to trend upwardly, the U’s earning seven points from their last four fixtures in League Two.
Six of their 16 goals for the season have been scored during that quartet of games, Freddie Sears taking his tally for the season to seven with a strike in all but one of those contests.
Colchester, who are now six points above the relegation zone, reached this stage of the competition with a 4-0 success at non-league AFC Sudbury