A sublime performance full of pace, endeavour and no little skill saw Wigan cruise to victory against a poor Scunthorpe side at the DW Wednesday.
Wigan took to the field with two changes to the side which drew against Doncaster on Sunday, with Daniels coming in for Barnett and Davies in for Power.
Wigan started on fire looking a far more balanced side with Davies accompanying Grigg up front and immediately the Wigan front two set about stretching the ponderous Scunthorpe defence. Any Wigan fan’s nerves about no league goals so far this season were quickly assuaged when Grigg was manhandled to the ground by Mirfin.
Grigg coolly blasted the ball into the net for his second penalty goal for the season.
Wigan continued to pour forwards looking for another goal with Perkins once again the key player buzzing all over the field, creating moves and break up the opposition play. He was ably supported by the industrious Júnior and the creative Jacobs with the two young full backs James and Kenny pouring forwards at every opportunity.
Davies looked sharp up front and nearly added to Wigan’s tally when his powerful shot landed on the top of the net. Wigan didn’t have to wait long for the second goal when Scunthorpe failed to clear a cross and the ball fell to Daniels whose powerful shot went through a crowded penalty area into the back of the met
Wave after wave of Wigan attacks rained down on the Scunthorpe goal with the best effort coming from Jacobs when a fine save by the keeper saw the ball land at the feet of the Wigan midfielder and his powerful shot came back off the post and was scrambled to safety.
Wigan left the field to standing ovation following the best 45 minutes of football seen at the DW from Wigan in quite some time.
The second half continued in the same vein with Wigan’s exhilarating play causing Scunthorpe no end of problems. Latics best early chance fell to Perkins who broke through from midfield on a mazy run which resulted in the diminutive midfielder shooting narrowly wide of the far post.
Wigan continued to press and Davies showed the value of having a cool head when he beat the offside trap and coolly shot past Anyon to make it three nil.
Three almost became for when Grigg when he put the ball in the net but the assistant linesman flagged for an offence much to the chagrin of the Latics fans.
The full time whistle brought to an end an excellent performance for Wigan in which every player gave his all and bodes well for the future.
Team Line up and Player Ratings (3-5-2)
O’Donnell….6, one of the quietest night of his career.
Kenny………7, attacked with flair and gusto.
Morgan…….7, cool and composed in the middle of defence.
Danies………7, added steel to the centre of defence.
James………8, grew in confidence as the game wore on, an exciting talent.
McCann…..6, drove forwards at every opportunity.
Perkins…….9, MOM, an indomitable performance.
Júnior……….8, tenacious in defence, creative in attack, withdrawn.
Jacobs………8, an excellent attacking performance, withdrawn.
Davies……….8, powerful and industrious, withdrawn.
Grigg…………8, showed superb movement off the ball.
Coulthirst…..6, for Davies, competent.
Murray………6, for Junior, competent.
Power ……….N/A, for Jacobs.
Entertainment rating…..8/10, you can only beat what is in front of you but it was an excellent performance.
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