Latics unbeaten run comes to an end – Wigan Athletic 0 Burton Albion 1


Reece James hit the post for Latics

Wigan Athletic’s 11 game unbeaten run and unbeaten home record came to an end as they lost 1-0 to Burton Albion.

Latics were the dominant team but struggled to make their possession count and squandered several good opportunities before Burton struck with a late winner.

Following a spell of Latics pressure the Brewers broke away and substitute Timmy Thiele squared the ball for Abdenasser El Khayati to slot home.

The home team could have equalised when Reece James hit the Brewers post in the 84th minute, but the three points went to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team.

Burton move up to third in the table while Latics remain in fifth spot.

Latics were unchanged from the 1-0 victory against Shrewsbury with Michael Jacobs surprisingly in the starting line-up despite having suffered a serious looking knee injury on Saturday.

Wigan started brightly with Yanic Wildschut charging down the left hand side and then squaring the ball to Tim Chow but the midfielder failed to get a shot on the Brewers goal. Michael Jacobs then fired a free-kick just over the crossbar from 25 yards out.

Burton were well organised and set up with two banks of four which made it hard for Latics to penetrate.

Wildschut did have an opportunity after 30 minutes when he ran almost the full length of the pitch before being thwarted by John Mousinho just when he was about to shoot. Soon afterwards Jacobs tried his luck from 20 yards but his effort cleared the crossbar.

Burton were also frustrating Latics with some time wasting tactics and some debatable challenges which referee Mark Haywood allowed to go unpunished.

Latics continued to press at the start of the second half and Burton continued to frustrate them.

Jacobs went closest when he curled a free kick that was cleared off the line but the Burton backline held firm.

Caldwell replaced Revell with Craig Davies to try to unlock the Brewers defence but it was the visitors who broke away and scored.

Max Power was dispossessed on the edge of the Burton box and Timmy Thiele broke away before squaring to Abdenasser El Khayati, who slotted home.

Caldwell replaced Jacobs and Craig Morgan with Will Grigg and Francisco Junior in an attempt to draw Latics level.

It looked as though they had got a deserved equaliser on 84 minutes when the ball fell to Power near the penalty spot but his shot was somehow blocked and when the ball came to Reece James his drive smacked against the near post.

Burton’s time wasting tactics resulted in seven minutes of added time but despite this, Latics could not make the vital breakthrough.

Although it was a below par performance by Wigan, the final result was rather harsh on them, a draw would have been a more accurate reflection of the game.


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