WIGAN Athletic had their third big day of the year at Wembley.
And while fans will be disappointed with the result, the showpiece has to go down as one of the least important fixtures of the whole 2013-14 season for the club.
And what a season it promises to be: probably the most physically demanding in the Latics’ history.
They do say that the best time to get back into the top flight is from the first season after relegation.
And I am pleased to hear a lot of approving noises from folk far better qualified to judge than I about the team that new manager Owen Coyle has been assembling over the summer.
But we know this is a really tough league and there is the added factor of at least six Europa League fixtures which are bound to have an impact on a relatively small squad.
There is no doubting where Coyle’s priorities should lie and that is on being at the top of the Championship come next May.
If that happens it should go down as monumental an achivement as winning the FA Cup.