Latics and Brewers in stalemate – Wigan Athletic 0 Burton Albion 0


Dan Burn had his best game for Latics

Dan Burn gave a Man of the Match performance as Wigan were held 0-0 at home by Burton. The 6ft 7in central defender made two goal-line clearances and numerous important headers and interceptions to frustrate the Brewers.

Burton edged the first half, although Adam Le Fondre should’ve scored when he was one-on-one with the Brewers keeper Jon McLaughlin. but chipped over the crossbar.

Latics dominated the second half and should’ve secured the three points when Nick Powell got on the end of a great cross by Stephen Warnock but the former Manchester United midfielder headed narrowly wide of the target.

Wigan are unbeaten in three games but are now 22nd in the table. Burton remain in 16th place after 12 games played.

Gary Caldwell made three changes from the side who drew 0-0 at Brentford with Adam Le Fondre, Nick Powell and Yanic Wildschut coming in for Will Grigg, Jordi Gomez and David Perkins.

The Brewers started brightly and Shaun MacDonald and Nick Powell had to block goal attempts from O’Grady and Turner, while Aikins and Naylor shot over.

Latics responded with Wildschut forcing a good low save from McLaughlin and Michael Jacobs had an effort on goal deflected wide. But the best chance of the half fell to Adam Le Fondre when he was one-on-one with McLaughlin but the striker’s chipped effort just cleared the crossbar.

But Latics had to thank Dan Burn for twice making goal line clearances to deny the visitors. Firstly, he managed to block Lucas Aikins’ goal-bound shot, and then he denied Chris O’Grady’s long distance lob which looked to be going in until Burn made an overhead goal-line clearance.

Latics upped the tempo in the second half with Powell heading just over from a Nathan Byrne cross on 52 minutes and the same combination then forced Kyle McFadzean to clear at the near post.

John Brayford committed a professional foul on Wildschut on 59 minutes as the powerful Dutchman broke clear of the Brewers defence. It might have been a red card but referee Andy Davies issued a yellow.

Powell and Le Fondre combined well but McLaughlin saved. Burton responded through substitute Jamie Ward, who set up Aikens and Bogdan was forced into a good save.

Wildschut was again brought down, just outside the box on 63 minutes, McFadzean seeing yellow this time. Powell then forced McLaughlin into a punched save from the free-kick.

Caldwell brought on Craig Morgan for Nathan Byrne on 66 minutes and Latics best chance came soon afterwards as Stephen Warnock’s superb cross was met by Nick Powell’s powerful diving header which shaved the outside of the post.

McLaughlin then pushed Michael Jacobs effort around the post for a corner.

With 15 minutes remaining Caldwell introduced Craig Davies and Will Grigg in place of Le Fondre and Wildschut in an attempt to secure all three points. But it was to no avail as Burton held on despite Latics enjoying plenty of possession and applying lots of pressure.

In the final analysis a draw was probably about the right result as Latics had not been clinical enough in front of goal and Dan Burn had come to the rescue on two occasions.

About ianhaspinall

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