When some teams – their rivals to be more precise – have played five matches more than them at this stage of the season, you have to wonder how Wigan will handle the hectic schedule which is about to come their way.
Nevertheless, despite only just reaching the halfway point of their league schedule, Leam Richardson will be completely satisfied with their current situation, aware that they are in prime position to earn promotion should they keep collecting wins on a regular basis.
Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Doncaster Rovers extended their unbeaten record to eight matches in League One and 14 games in all competitions, a streak which started on October 30.
The Latics were far from their best in seeing off the worst team in the division, goals from Max Power and Will Keane keeping their side on track for a return to the second tier.
Wigan have now not suffered a league defeat away from the DW Stadium since the opening game of the season, a run lasting 10 games, and they have prevailed in all but one of those fixtures.
In sharp contrast, Morecambe have only won one of their last seven games, that victory coming by a 4-3 scoreline against Doncaster when they had found themselves three goals down at the break.
Stephen Robinson would have hoped for more from Saturday’s game at AFC Wimbledon, but a goalless draw at one of their relegation rivals cannot be perceived to be a bad result.
The Shrimps have also lost just one of their last four games in the third tier, while pushing Tottenham Hotspur all the way in the FA Cup is still fresh in the memory.
A game against the leaders is not the ideal fixture when you desperately require points to move outside of the bottom four, but Morecambe have shown enough during their last two games to suggest that they have the potential to make things difficult for the visitors