Just a week on from Latics’ first victory of the season against Southampton, the hard work continued as Roberto Martinez’s side welcomed Stoke City
to the DW Stadium.
It was to be a game which would mark an indifferent month for the club as progression through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup was sealed but defeats to Manchester United
would leave a harsh reminder of the Premier League challenges to come.
Stoke’s visit ended in a 2-2 draw with Latics taking the lead twice shortly after the kick-off of both halves.
Shaun Maloney converted a penalty (pictured right) just five minutes in after a Robert Huth handball, to score the first home goal of the season but it was cancelled out by a Jonathan Walters penalty at the other end.
Franco Di Santo then put Latics back into the lead as he fired in a cut-back from Arouna Kone on the edge of the area, only for Peter Crouch to head in from close range to draw the Potters level once again.
After two games unbeaten in the league things got tough with a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford against Man United before dropping to a 2-1 defeat at home to Fulham.
It was a battle against the odds in the Premier League in September as luck deserted Latics, with a series of unfortunate goals undoing an impressive first half against United.
The final league game of the month carried on that trend as Jordi Gomez was dismissed at 0-0 in the 1-0 defeat to Sunderland, only for the ban to be overturned in the days after the game as the red card given by Howard Webb was seen as a mistake.
On the bright side Latics ‘hammered’ their way through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup just days before the defeat at the Stadium of Light, after a second consecutive 4-1 away win in the competition saw them eliminate West Ham United
at Upton Park.
It was a struggle at the start as Modibo Maiga put West Ham ahead but impressive wide play saw the hosts unstuck and after Maynor Figueroa set up Mauro Boselli to slide in an equaliser Latics never looked back.
Ivan Ramis exploded onto the goal scoring scene with a 20-yard drive for 2-1 before Boselli grabbed his second (pictured left) in exquisite style as he beat the offside trap and lifted the ball over Stephen Henderson.
As progression beckoned for Latics, West Ham crumbled with James McArthur being tumbled in the box and Jordi Gomez completing the route from the penalty spot with four minutes remaining.
Things began to look up for Latics come October and the run of defeats in the league ended with a 2-2 draw at home to Everton
A second 2-2 draw at home in the space of a month was one that again should arguably have been a victory, after a 2-1 lead achieved through Arouna Kone (pictured right celebrating) and Di Santo goals was cancelled out from the penalty spot with just three minutes remaining by Latics’ old-boy Leighton Baines, his third spot kick against his former club.
Latics turned their league form around towards the end of the month with a second victory of the season over West Ham
, just a week after a narrow defeat to Swansea City
Ivan Ramis proved a thorn in the Hammers’ side again with another emphatic effort when he volleyed in the opening goal from a corner, as James McArthur made it 2-0 before a late James Tomkins consolation.
With two 4-1 wins in the league cup behind them, Latics looked to take their momentum into the fourth round tie with Bradford City
at the DW Stadium but the Bantams left their hosts frustrated.
After a goalless 120 minutes and an agonizingly narrow miss from Gomez late on, the Npower League Two side grabbed themselves a memorable victory in the resulting penalty shootout as they progressed with a 4-2 win.
At the end of October the season was well poised for excitement, Latics were in 15th place and a trip to White Hart Lane was next to follow.
You can view highlights of all the games from September and October by clicking the relevant links below:
Stoke City 2-2
The next instalment of our season review follows on Thursday June 6, you can view the first part (Pre-season and August) by [clicking here].