Championship pulse check: How do Sunderland’s young adults shine at Wigan?

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Wigan of course secured a spot in the automatic promotion last season, and with the likes of Max Power, Charlie Wake, Nathan Broadhead and James McClain among their ranks, they will always be a team that pays fans more than just passing interest.

Here’s how the Wigan podcast Progress With Unity feels nine games into the championship season…


What has gone well for you so far this season?

In Days Off, we’ve kept our away form last season with 3 wins and 4 draws on the road so far.

We only seem to have the ability to deliver results in our travels, as we won all three games with goals in the last eight minutes of each match.

And what was not done well?

Our home runs, 3 draws and 2 defeats have left Latex loyalists confused about what makes us feel effective away, but we’re struggling to win a home game.

We play very similarly on home and away, at times we’ve ridden our luck away from DW, while at home we didn’t get on the green.

Reading responded to their defeat against us by taking three points away from Wigan
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Who has been your best player so far?

Over the last four games Graeme Shinnie has worked his way up to the starting lineup and to be honest he has been excellent and great Josh Magennis has also made a very good start to the season winning his personal fights in every match and proving a handful for him. Defending the heart of the opposition.

Our young star, Thelo Aasgaard, has had some small headshots and looks good, picking up a 90th minute winner at Luton with a peach effort, starting our last two games and I think he will make a huge impression this season.

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Magnus has been in great shape with Wigan so far
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Who hasn’t quite taken part in the races?

I wouldn’t say anyone did really poorly, Joe Bennett got a red card in Birmingham and was later disqualified, but he hasn’t been in the team since then, I’m not sure if it was an injury or not.

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Bennett has not been seen since his red card at Birmingham
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How is the general feeling about your manager?

Lim Richardson can do no wrong. He led us through our lowest point in the management period and then advanced the following season taking us to the title. We are fortunate to have a manager like him – he leads from the front, always respects the opponent, very professional and a brilliant coach, a job for life.

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A lifelong job? Leam Richardson is very popular on Wigan!
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Where did you think you’d finish before the season started, and has that changed?

I thought the middle of the lower table, somewhere between 18 and 14, was too full for a 16th.

I haven’t changed my mind, I still think that’s where we’re going to end, a bit of an anomaly this season for me, I’d say all three emerging players will stay on top

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It was good to see Charlie Wake back in action this season
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And finally, what is your impression of Sunderland so far?

The ultimate goal in reading was something else! It’s great to see, with ourselves and Rotherham, that Sunderland are making their mark in the tournament.

By the looks of things, Sunderland will be in good season, although like us you need to put your house in order.