TEN games, two wins, seven points. Latics’ start to the season has been nothing short of worrying and things need to change. Quickly.

With off-pitch matters taking many people’s minds off of the footballing side of the club and apathy setting in with supporters, many may have not realised just how bad a state the team currently is in.

To have seven points on the board is deceptive when compared with the performances that have been put in and what they warrant.

Although the result at Rochdale may have been deserved, the one away to Sutton United was the epitome of a smash-and-grab result. We had been awful throughout the majority of the game, but two late goals secured victory against a side who will have felt aggrieved that they weren’t rewarded for playing better than us.

Every week, things just seem to feel worse on the pitch. Harry Kewell treated fans to an abundance of goals, but defensively even more were shipped than were scored.

Keith Curle has changed that, and things have been far more solid at the back – although it still isn’t perfect – yet something has had to give for that to happen: the threat in front of goal.

Without the threat of Danny Rowe or Conor McAleny up top, Latics have become over reliant on Dylan Bahamboula as a man who is seemingly expected to do anything. He is, without a doubt, our best player, but he has his issues just like any other and cannot do it all.

Others have attempted to step up, but they have failed to do so well enough. Zak Dearnley’s injuries have left him a shadow of himself, Davis Keillor-Dunn just doesn’t suit the new system as well as he did the old one, and Harry Vaughan is too young to be relied on.

As we enter October, Curle has one task at hand: he needs to turn things around and get points on the board. That starts at Mansfield on Saturday when Oldham travel to face a team only two points ahead and one place above in the table.

The coming run of games is filled with six-pointers and it is a chance to get momentum going. Mansfield, Stevenage, Walsall, Carlisle and Swindon await this month – each of those games are winnable.

Should that not be achieved, then (especially when you look at our record when it comes to managerial sackings) Curle’s job will undoubtedly be on the line – and the club’s football league status. It’s time now to get the ship turned around before it’s too late.