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Deja Vu as last gasp Wigan draw away

Wigan came back from two goals down for the third time in four away goals in a game which turned on the sending off of Bury defender Hussey for a second yellow card offence.

Wigan made one change from the side which drew with Walsall; Wildschut starting in front of Grigg who was on international duty and welcome returns onto the bench for long term injurees Holt and Cowie

As with so many matches this season , Latics controlled the game with slick passing but as with so many other games the seemed weak at defending set pieces and so it seemed again when Bury won their first corner in the firth minute, the ball was floated over and Cameron rose unchallenged to head the ball past Jaaskelienen into the Wigan goal.

Wigan continued to play possession football but all too often the moves broke down at the edge of the area with a dearth of players in the opposition penalty area, Wigan all too often stopped and passed backwards and indeed it was in the 42 minutes before the Bury keeper had to make a save the only other effort of note for Wigan in the first half being a powerful long range shot from Perkins which whizzed past the far post.

All too many players were a little off their game in the first half, the exceptions being the tenacious Perkins who never stopped running and Wildschut whose powerful breaks from his own half caused no end of panic in the Bury defence.

For Bury , former Latics loanee Leon Clarke ensured that Wigan centre halves Morgan and Barnett endured a testing afternoon, his ability to chase down the ball and use his frame will ensure the Wigan defence are counting their bruises this morning.
Wigan continued to look vulnerable from corners and from another one, Veteran defender Peter Clarke saw his effort cleared off the line by McCann. Another corner this time saw Leon Clarke rise unchallenged but fortunately for Wigan he couldn’t direct his header goalwards .

Wigan once again played Hiwula as a loan forward , looking for Jacobs and Wildschut but with Jacobs having an off day, Jordi was starved of quality ball and looked increasingly isolated up front.
McCann went down in the area under pressure and with the Wigan players screaming for a penalty the referee waved away their protestations and the teams trooped off with Wigan winning the possession but losing the game.

Both teams started the second half with the same line ups and there were very little clear cut chances until substitute Tom Pope stole in front of Daniels to head a cross in from close range past the despairing Jaaskelainen and Wigan were staring down the barrel of their first defeat in five games.
Wigan manager introduced two substitutes in quick succession, Grant Holt and Fransico Junior and the tempo was immediately increased with Junior feeding the ball through to Holt who used his experience to hold the ball up and link with supporting players and Wigan began to fill their large away following with hope that another comeback may be on the cards.

This hope was increased when Hussey earned his second yellow for a clumsy challenge on Jacobs. McCann and Jacobs both went close and then Wigan did get a goal back when a cross from Jacobs was met by the Shakers skipper Cameron who in trying to head the ball away from the attention of the marauding Holt only managed to head the ball into the back of the net.

As the game went into injury time, Wigan increased the pressure and another cross from Jacobs was partially headed clear by Cameron, the ball fell to captain Morgan on the edge of the area and he stepped one pace to the side and sent a low powerful shot into the net to spark wild celebrations amongst the travelling Wigan faithful.

There was still time for a Chow effort to be blocked on the line with the ball spinning up in the air, narrowly evading the far post and as the final whistle went it was the Wigan fans celebrating yet another fantastic late late fightback.

Team Line Up and Player Ratings

Jaaskelainen…….6, little to do apart from pick the bal out of the net.
James……………..5, too often turned back when he received the ball out wide, withdrawn
Morgan…………..6.5, solid at the back, took his goal well
Barnett…………..6, given a torrid time by Leon Clarke.
McCann……….6, cleared well off the line, could have had a penalty
Daniels………6, worked hard out of position, caught out for the second goal.
Jacobs……….6, not his best game but kept going and had a hand in both goals
Perkins……….8, MOM, consistent performance once again.
Power………..6, kept trying, withdrawn
Wildschut…..7, fine first half, faded in the second
Hiwula……..5, lost up front, left to chase scraps.

Subs Used
Holt …..7.5, ( for James) showed all his guile and skill
Junior….7, ( for Hiwula) , drove the fightback forwards.
Chow ……n/a ( for Power)

Att…………….5,931

Entertainment ratings………… 1-80 mins 5/10, 80-90 mins 9/10



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