Good afternoon everyone and a very warm welcome to all connected with Wigan Athletic Football Club.It feels odd to be writing these notes on the back of a league defeat, so rare have they been for us of late. Saturday’s loss at Burnley brought to an end a 14-match unbeaten run in the Championship and, while it was a disappointing outcome for us, the players and staff should be extremely proud of what they achieved during that period.
I was again very impressed with the backing of our supporters at Turf Moor. I know how frustrating it must have been for our fans but they really got behind the players and on another day could have emerged as the driving force behind a magnificent comeback. Sadly that wasn’t to be the case but I’m sure you won’t let that stop you from doing what you do best again this afternoon.
As always, I am looking for ways to reward our fans’ support and I hope my recent offer of free coach travel to our match at Middlesbrough goes some way towards doing that. We may now be in the final third of the season but there are still plenty of big games to look forward to and I will continue to explore ways in which I can help as many of you as possible to attend.
We are still in an extremely strong league position and today presents us with another opportunity to close the gap on the top two. Wigan are a side in excellent form and we have been desperately unfortunate with injuries of late, but The City Ground is very much a fortress for us and I’m sure whichever players we have available will be looking forward to putting on yet another performance of which we can all be proud.
Come on you Reds.
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