Latics still struggling for the right combination – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Wigan Athletic 2

Billy Wright statue

Wolverhampton legend Billy Wright

Wigan secured a point in a 2-2 draw at Molineux, but they could so easily have been defeated as Wolves wasted a hatful of good goalscoring opportunities in the last 20 minutes.

Dave Edwards header gave Wolves the lead from Rajiv van La Parra’s cross in the 30th minute.

Latics were level two minutes later when James Perch powered home a header from a Shaun Maloney free-kick and Marc-Antoine Fortune put the visitors ahead with a smart finish just before half-time.

But Bakary Sako slotted home from the edge of the area after James Henry had miscued Scott Golbourne’s corner to restore parity.

Latics were without injured Captain Emmerson Boyce with Leon Barnett deputising, but Rösler once again made other changes to his starting eleven. Shaun Maloney came in Callum McManaman, while Marc-Antoine Fortune replaced Andy Delort, both of whom occupied a place on the bench.

Both teams cancelled each other out in the early stages, but on the half-hour mark Wolves took the lead when Dave Edwards headed past Carson from inside the box from Rajiv van La Parra’s cross from the right.

Almost immediately Latics hit back with the equaliser. Fortune was tripped just outside the box and near the goal line. Maloney clipped in a perfect delivery and James Perch,  rose at the far post to head home from close range.

Just before the interval Latics went ahead. Full-back Andrew Taylor ventured forward and delivered a deep curling cross to the far post and Fortune got the better of Richard Stearman and fired high into the Wolves net.

Latics almost extended their lead early in the second-half. Maloney’s floated free-kick caused problems in the box, Wolves half cleared but following a second cross James McClean headed over the crossbar.

The Mali midfielder Sako might have drawn the scores level when he broke dangerously down the left hand side, but his shot only hit the side netting.

As the half progressed the home team gradually gained control of the game.

Former Latic Nouho Dicko got away from Ramis and managed to force a low save from Carson. McClean responded for Latics but his goalbound effort was deflected for a corner by Doherty. At the other end Dicko’s dangerous low cross was cleared by Taylor.

From the resulting corner Wolves were level. The ball was cut back to the edge of the area were James Henry completely missed the ball but Sako finished with some aplomb curling a low drive beyond Carson.

With 20 minutes remaining Andy Delort replaced Fortune, but the French striker struggled to retain possession, as Wolves mounted wave after wave of attacks.

Wolves upped the pressure and Carson had to be at his best tipping away a header from Edwards and then Doherty saw his 87th-minute header bounce off the bar as Latics somehow held on for a point.

Latics remain fourth from bottom of the Championship while newly promoted Wolves remain in seventh position.

Wigan were expected to amongst the promotion favourites this season but they have only taken ten points from the opening eleven games. They are most definitely going through a transitional period with many of the nine new signings struggling to make an impact.

Rösler‘s rotation policy is not showing rewards and the time to move to a settled line up is surely upon us. There are still plenty of games left to turn things around but the manager needs to decide on his best starting eleven and stick with it.

About ianhaspinall

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