Wigan Athletic have been on quite a trip this season, and there could still be plenty more highlights to come between now and May.
Now in the championship, after relegation last season, they have been required to play 46 league games compared to 38 in the top division. This is clearly going to be harder, especially with the fact they have had to balance this with the Europa League, not to mention a memorable FA Cup run.
Ultimately, they finished bottom of their group but we're unlucky in a sense not to qualify from it. They faced Maribor and Zulte-Waregem, and Rubin Kazan, picking up some impressive results along the way. A win against Maribor at home, while draws away to Zulte-Waregem and at home draw to Rubin Kazan were notable results.
Their downfall came in failure to win at home to Zulte-Waregem, where a victory could have propelled them to qualification from the group.
While Wigan had a change in manager from Roberto Martinez, who left for Everton in the summer, Owen Coyle who took over, however he left in December after a poor half season.
Uwe Rosler took over soon after and from the get-go took them into the playoffs with only one loss in 13 games. They secured an impressive nine wins on the bounce, only to be stopped by Yeovil in a crazy 3-3 draw.
QPR managed a win against them to help their cause, but the playoffs now appear to be within their sights.
And after masterminding another Wigan success in the FA Cup where they beat Manchester City once again to secure a semi-final place, you would not back against them making another Wembley visit in the play-offs.
While the target is still promotion back to the Premier League, the season has been successful so far especially after playing in 50 games so far this season. As the playoffs look most likely on current form, they still remain in with a chance of defending the FA Cup. Whatever happens against Arsenal, their run to the semi-finals has been hugely impressive. Of course what matters no is their performances from here on in, but at this moment in time they deserve a lot of praise for what they have achieved this season, given the size of the squad at their disposal.
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